March 12, 2013
Jamie Durie & Friend

Jamie Durie & Friend

The Animal Welfare League NSW will benefit again this year from Parched March, Sydney’s month long bar odyssey which is back again for the fourth year running.

Launched at The Loft on King Street Wharf by animal lover Jamie Durie and vet Dr Katrina Warren, the annual Good Times for a Good Cause is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 60 Sydney bars mixing up special cocktails throughout the month of March.  Every time you buy one of these cocktails at the participating bars, the venue will donate a portion of the price to the cause.  By taking on one of the Parched March challenges such as 30 Bars In 30 Days or Furry Friday Rescue, money can also be raised for the animals.

Founder Amy Cooper created the campaign, which celebrates sensible drinking and Sydney’s fabulous array of world-class bars.

“Parched March helps raise money for Animal Welfare League NSW by encouraging people to enjoy our city’s bars responsibly. It proves that doing good doesn’t always mean depriving yourself,” says Parched March Director, Amy Cooper.  “It’s now become a much-anticipated event on the Sydney social calendar, bringing friends and colleagues together as well as showcasing this city’s brilliant bar culture.”

Amy Cooper, Parched March Founder

Amy Cooper, Parched March Founder

The Animal Welfare League NSW is reliant on donations and is a dynamic organisation that works to save and improve the lives of pets that have been surrendered, neglected or abandoned.  They protect animals through regulatory work with various Government bodies and help to enforce legislation with a team of Inspectors who are on the ground every day. For pets in need, they provide customised care through a foster care and branch network, three shelters and veterinary hospital, while working to find loving forever homes for animals in their care.

To find out more and take up a Parched March challenge, visit      Sandra Tiltman.   Photos:  John Pond







March 12, 2013


In Vietnam, unlike its modern neighbours Singapore and Hong Kong, it’s still possible to experience the feeling of old Asia.  With street hawkers cooking food and soups, known as pho, on the footpaths to sell to passers by, women wearing traditional cone shaped straw hats and carrying baskets slung from poles across their shoulders, bicycles and motor bikes everywhere.

400 bikesCo-existing in complete harmony with the traditional are the modern shiny department stores and shopping malls offering the latest in high end consumer brands from the boulevards of Europe, as well as the popular American branded merchandise.

Crossing the road in Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as it is still called by the locals, is an experience that most first time visitors find
very confronting.  As the most populous and busiest city in Vietnam, the traffic is 24/7 and never seems to take a break.  There is an endless stream of motor bikes, sprinkled with cars and buses, which the locals just walk out into the middle of, to cross the road.  Miraculously this system seems to work, with the bikes and cars avoiding the pedestrians.

400 VietFor the visitor, crossing the road is much more daunting.  Even though there are traffic lights and marked pedestrian crossings on some streets, the traffic never seems to stop coming.  I have visited Vietnam on two occasions and found the best way to cross these busy roads was to wait for a local to come along, then cross the road beside them.  As there are so many people on the streets, I never had to wait too long.   Sandra Tiltman.   Photos:  John Pond