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Youngcare Australia ‏@YoungcareOZ

We are thrilled to have @SylviaJeffreys on board as our first National Ambassador! What a great way to start 2017!

Youngcare creates choice, dignity and independence for young Aussies with high care needs through buildings, grants, research and Youngcare Connect hotline.


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More from Sylvia on her new role:


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I’m not too keen on these types of stories, as I believe consenting adults should be able to date/sleep with whomever they want to, so I’ll just link the story and it’s up to you if you wish to read it.


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I agree…but don’t you think the today show are hypocritical, when they report on other celebrity stories.

Jase


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I think they all are. I absolutely loathe how much celebrity “news” is in our news and it’s only going to get worse as our standards continue to drop. This is why you and I love ABC News so much.


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Today Loves Australia

The Today team of Lisa, Karl, Richard, Tim and Natalia will begin in the New South Wales Southern Highlands town of Bowral. There the team will chat with Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes, taste-test what are claimed to be the best pies in Australia, and Karl and Tim will go up against the brawniest highlanders in the country in a very unusual strongman competition.

Then the team will head for the Gold Coast for a festival of sport and entertainment to celebrate the one-year countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Today will be joined by Aussie sporting greats Sally Pearson and Libby Trickett, Rugby Sevens star Charlotte Caslick, The Volleyroos, and Borobi the Blue Koala, the official mascot for the Games.

On Wednesday it’s off to Tasmania’s west coast and the town of Strahan – gateway to the state’s World Heritage-listed national parks, where the rainforest meets the sea.

Next stop is the seaside town of Inverloch in Victoria’s Gippsland region.

Today will end the week with a massive party in the African savannah at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. They’ll be joined by all manner of wildlife as well as one of the country’s favourite families – Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin.

Lisa Wilkinson said: “So excited to be finally heading off on our first We Love Australia week for 2017. Although I’m definitely counting the days until we reach spectacular places like the Southern Highlands and the pristine beauty of Tasmania, I’m secretly longing for the big camping bash down at Inverloch in Victoria.”

Karl Stefanovic said: “Definitely ready to dust off the old double pluggas and hit the road, if not a tad nervous about the number of animals we have on the show. Sounds like there’s a lot. What could possibly go wrong?”


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TODAY CELEBRATES 35 YEARS
WITH A SPECIAL WE LOVE AUSTRALIA WEEK

TODAY will celebrate its 35th birthday next week with an extra weird and wacky WE LOVE AUSTRALIA trip beginning Monday, June 26, and finishing with a massive party at the Channel Nine studios on Friday, June 30.

The celebration will star a host of TODAY friends from over the years and feature very special LIVE performances by former One Direction member and now successful solo artist and songwriter, Niall Horan.

Karl, Lisa, Richard, Tim and Sylvia’s adventures will begin with a special program showcasing the Great Barrier Reef, broadcast from Hamilton Island in the picturesque Whitsundays. Sylvia dives Hardy Reef to see how scientists are ensuring this incredible natural wonder is preserved for future generations. And the team check in with locals on how the world-renowned tourist region has bounced back from Cyclone Debbie.

The gang then head inland to Queensland’s sheep and cattle town of Winton where they’ll get down and dirty – digging and exploring for Australia’s largest dinosaur fossils. Broadcasting from outside the North Gregory Hotel, they’ll also be treated to a special performance by Australian country music star Adam Harvey, compete in the extreme sport of dunny racing, and host a free breakfast BBQ for all the Winton locals.

On Wednesday Karl, Lisa and the team head to the heart of Kelly country – taking TODAY to the Victorian township of Glenrowan, the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang.

They will chat with one of Ned’s descendants who will tell us what sort of person the legendary bushranger really was behind the iconic suit of armour. There will be a re-enactment of Ned Kelly’s last stand, and the team will also get out and about checking out Glenrowan’s other great tourist offerings, including wineries, an Italian cooking school, canoeing and bike riding.

TODAY then heads north to the New South Wales town of Dubbo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo for a jam-packed morning. It will include a visit to the Old Dubbo Gaol, the Japanese Gardens and local dairies. Karl, Lisa and Tim will get immersed in zoo life, up close and personal with hippos, elephants, giraffes, meerkats, cheetahs, tigers, lions and monkeys. Plus, they will be asking viewers to help name the zoo’s baby hippo.

Then on Friday, Karl, Lisa, Richard, Sylvia, Tim, Natalia and Ross regroup at the Channel Nine studios in Sydney for a landmark 35th birthday morning of celebrations – featuring a performance by global sensation Niall Horan. This will be Niall’s first ever solo appearance on Australian television, performing his mega hits Slow Hands and This Town.

We will also be reuniting TODAY hosts from the past 35 years, including the very first hosts, Steve Liebmann and Sue Kellaway, as well as Liz Hayes, Tracy Grimshaw, Monty Dwyer and many more.

Lisa Wilkinson said: “This really will be a very special week for all of us here at TODAY. Apart from beginning the week in the stunning Whitsundays – and travelling around this beautiful country of ours – we’ll get to celebrate our 35th birthday with all the amazing people who have helped to make this the wonderful program it is today. It promises to be an extraordinary week for our viewers.”

Karl Stefanovic said: “This is pure Australia. Reef, Outback, Ned Kelly, lethal animals. And Niall. Niall! I love this country. Just a bit worried about all those legendary TODAY Show hosts coming on and reminding people how good they are.”

And it wouldn’t be the TODAY show without a whole heap of competitions. As well as the hugely popular Block of Cash calls and Dickie’s Double Dip, TODAY will be giving away a night at the Western Plains Zoo’s zoofari lodge and zoo passes. And thanks to our friends at Harvey Norman and Samsung, TODAY will be giving viewers the chance to win 35 SAMSUNG Q7 55” QLED televisions. Be watching TODAY every day this week to find out how you can win.

TODAY would like to thank the following sponsors for making this WE LOVE AUSTRALIA trip possible: Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Tourism Events Queensland, Gabrielli Construction, Vision Splendour Film Festival, Winton Shire Council and Destination NSW.

WE LOVE AUSTRALIA week locations:

MONDAY 26 JUNE – Hamilton Island, QLD
TUESDAY 27 JUNE – Winton, QLD
WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE – Glenrowan, VIC
THURSDAY, 29 JUNE – Dubbo, NSW
FRIDAY 30 JUNE – Sydney NSW


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TODAY HITS THE ROAD WITH A NEW ‘WE LOVE AUSTRALIA’ ADVENTURE

MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER – CAIRNS, QLD
TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER – 1770, QLD
WEDNESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER – GRIFFITH, NSW
THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – YARRA VALLEY, VIC
FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER – TWEED VALLEY, NSW

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The TODAY team will have an extra spring in their step from Monday, September 25, as they celebrate the warmer season with a massive new WE LOVE AUSTRALIA adventure.

Kicking off in sun-drenched Cairns and making its way down south to the Yarra Valley with a performance by Kate Ceberano, the week-long broadcast will finish where so many family holiday memories have been made – Tweed Valley on the NSW Far Coast.

There will be loads of competitions, including your chance to win tickets to see Elton John live during his upcoming Australian tour.

Karl, Lisa, Richard, Sylvia and Natalia will kick off the week in Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland, where Karl will take on the ultimate dare – bungy jumping in the rainforest canopy. Lisa and Sylvia jet-ski with crocodiles, and you can’t say you’ve visited Queensland without witnessing a Cane Toad race!

The team will then travel down the beautiful Queensland coast to the historical town of 1770 near Gladstone. Dog trainer Chris de Aboitiz will have a crack at breaking a World Record by paddling his stand-up paddleboard with 26 dogs. Karl and Dickie explore the area by taking to the streets on Harley inspired motorbikes, and they’ll also try their hand at offshore fishing.

On Wednesday, the gang is off to Griffith in the scenic NSW Riverina. Known as the food bowl of Australia, we’ll take viewers on a tour of the region including into one of the world’s most successful wineries, Casella Winery; an almond farm; feeding the lions at the Altina Wildlife Park, and we’ll celebrate all things Italian with a street festival and make a giant pizza.

From the food bowl to one of Australia’s premier wine regions, the gang will experience the wonders of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. From the breathtaking views at Lake Mountain to the unforgettable animal encounters at Healesville Sanctuary, we’ll be discovering everything the region has to offer, live from Levantine Estate in the heart of Victoria’s wine country.

Find out if Karl and Lisa can handle the heat in the kitchen at the hatted Ezard restaurant, there will be a live performance from Kate Ceberano, an interview with comedy legend Michael Veitch.

TODAY will end the week in the stunning coastal holiday region of Tweed Valley, on the NSW far north coast. Karl, Lisa and Richard will be live from the Tweed Regional Gallery, while we cross to Melbourne for the latest on the footy finals. With special guests including local actor Nicholas Hamilton, currently starring in Hollywood thriller IT, the gang will be exploring the best of what the region has to offer. Dickie helps out at a kids art workshop and local circus, while Karl and Lisa learn the art of pottery.

Lisa Wilkinson said: “We always love getting out of the studio and into the very places that make Australia the great country it is. It’s such a fantastic time of the year to get out and explore, and although I’m looking forward to seeing all the diverse towns and cities, I’m looking very forward to enjoying a sneaky Yarra Valley pinot.”

Karl Stefanovic said: “We know how good Australia is, but seriously, how good is Australia! Sun, beaches, wine, pizza, and five very different places that sum up the spirit of our great country. Can’t wait to hit the road and meet more of our amazing viewers. We want everybody to join us – and the drinks are on Dickie!”

And it wouldn’t be the TODAY Show without a whole heap of competitions. As well as the hugely popular Cash-A-Roo calls and Dickie’s Double Dip, there will be cash prizes in the Captain Cook Treasure Hunt in 1770.

TODAY would like to thank the following sponsors for making this WE LOVE AUSTRALIA trip possible: Gladstone Regional Council, Tourism and Events QLD, Destination NSW, Visit Victoria, Griffith City Council, Community of Griffith


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Another loss of a Today Show host:


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