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The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic – A Fresh Twist for Mother’s Day

May 13th, 2013

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What a Mother’s Day I had… Without my mother. But my adorable mother for the day was great friend Dr Nikki Goldstein.

The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic was the perfect match for mums from all walks of life. Sipping on Veuve Clicquot and taking in the fresh air and sunshine, friends and families enjoyed the charming country hospitality, gourmet food and live entertainment throughout the day.

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The fifth annual charity event has become the premier family sport and lifestyle event in NSW, fermenting its reputation as a relaxed day for socials and locals to enjoy a competitive match of polo. But it’s not just for the adults; there were heaps of kids being kept entertained with the Reading Jets kids zone that included face painting, pony rides, Jack Russell Racing and the Kids’ Dash across the field. Apparently I wasn’t allowed to enter the dash. Thanks Nikki!

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Host of The Voice Darren McMullen, joined in the frivolity and shared a classic picnic with his parents. Darren was reunited with former The Voice contestant, Prinnie Stevens, who later in the day performed her latest hit, Don’t Wake Me Up, calling on the kids to dance live on stage with her which was very cute!

Pimms, Punch or Peroni? The Polo Bar & Lawn, was a vibrant addition with everybody enjoying the country chic vibe as polo players mingled with guests. Daimon Downey set the tunes with a selection of tracks to keep guests including, Pip Edwards and Kristy-Lee Allan loving life and dancing on the side lines.

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The Jeep marquee was full of fabulous people, who shared the day with their children. Celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue cooked up a storm on the Jeep Grill for us. The food was absolutely delicious! Some of the fab people included Jesinta Campbell, Deborah Knight, Holy Bristly, Ed Phillips, Cameron Williams, David Campbell, David Whitehill, Sam Armytage, the adorable Benji and Zoe Marshall, plus MKR’s Luke Hines and Scott Gooding.

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Plenty of money was raised and went towards the charity Inala – a Rudolf Steiner organisation supporting individuals with disabilities. Proceeds raised from this year’s event go towards the development of a New Day Service Facility for clients with high support needs, $145k has been raised to date. Amazing work!

I can’t wait for next year, I had such an enjoyable time. Perhaps next year, I’ll take my mummy :)

www.kurriburri.com.au  ::  facebook.com/kurriburri  ::  @KurriBurriPolo

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Charmaine Bingwa – Strength, Brilliance and Inspiration

March 30th, 2010

Charmaine Bingwa is one of Australia’s very special and unique talents. Not only is she a stunning girl with gorgeous braided hair and luscious lips, she has an amazing voice that can belt out the notes on demand.

I sat outside Coco Cubano in Taylor Square waiting for Charmaine to arrive for the interview, two chilled glasses of wine waiting.

At 6:30pm on the dot, out of the corner of my eye, I could see this striking girl, wearing tight jeans, stilettos and a white military styled jacket with big gold buttons. It was Charmaine.

As she approached the table, the attention was on us – the beautiful Perth born 24 year old commands attention just by her presence.

With a love for singing from a young age, Charmaine never revealed publicly that she could sing, till she sang angelically at the eulogy of her father’s funeral. If was from that moment Charmaine knew what she wanted in life. She knew it’s what her father would have been proud of her following – that was singing.

An inspirational person, with such love, passion and commitment to what she does, it’s unmistakably obvious that we will be seeing alot more of Charmaine in the many years to come.

Let’s get to know the real Charmaine Bingwa and get down with her vibe!

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I’m working on my first release with the label. It’s going to be an EP with music video for the single. The beauty of my adventure this time, is I get to just go away and write. Write, write, write! I get to be completely creative and my focus is the artistry, later in the year when the record comes out, it’s promotion time which I love just as much, as I feel such a love for the stage.

And the great thing is along the way I get to work with some pretty freakin amazing people which I just vibe off.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I think it’s probably both of my Carl Kapp leather jackets. So beautifully structured, but think it’s the way they make you feel when you wear them. Put ‘em on and instant rockstar!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

It’d have to be the loveseat I had installed. It’s in front of the bay window I have in my lounge room – it’s an amazing place to chill and looks out at Sydney Harbour & the bridge. It’s all about the luuuuurveseat!

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Veuve Cliquot, oysters & Wagyu beef.

And I hate to admit amongst all the classy things but an Angus Burger if it’s been a late night!

Greatest lesson learnt?

That you never stop learning lessons. I make mistakes all the time, but I think it’s the overcoming part that you learn from the most.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

It’s the same advice I got from all my music mentors, you are uniquely you for a reason. Know your craft, work hard – really hard, believe in yourself and the rest is a given.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

My home is such a sacred place. I always keep it immaculate so it feels like my sanctuary.  Whenever I’m home I get the balance I need from whatever other craziness is going on in my world! I’m a big fan of weekends away.

My lamest attempt to keep that balance was installing a plasma in my kitchen in a bid to inspire me to cook when I’m home! I’m not 100% sure that has worked!!!

How did you get into doing what you do?

I honestly believe it found me. I have always been as astute musician playing since I was 12.  But I only ever played to myself in my room, never with any aspirations to take it further (at least none I’d share publicly).

It was only when my father passed away, I was frozen. I couldn’t communicate any other way. I performed a song at his funeral, and since then have poured myself into songwriting as an emotional release.

My Father always told me…

One day you are gonna be a star…

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

It’s definitely Oasis Africa. A beautiful cause that a friend and totally inspiring man Kim Winter put together. It focuses on a community in Kibera, one of Africa’s poorest slums. They built and run a school there and are looking at broader initiatives to help out. I know Deni [Hines] recently went there with the team to do some work and even recorded an album with the kids there. I’d love to get over there at some stage and lend a hand.

I’m a big believer in giving back, I also am part of the Big Brother Big Sister program, mentoring kids who need support.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

My fave alltime place to chill, write, relax would have to be under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. So peaceful, such a good view and satisfies my bridge fetish (true story – I’m a little obsessed with bridges).

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Hahaha – I only just discovered where my kitchen was the other day! I eat out all the time, because I love fine dining and just too busy to be a MasterChef too. Which is why it’s kind of ironic I was on a cooking show recently!

Signature dish?

Blue Swimmer Crab with Angel Hair Pasta – it’s like the one thing I can make.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Love it, we really are trendsetters, and I think this is known internationally. Get excited as it feels like every fashion week a new hero is born.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My Sennheiser headphones. Listening to music in average headphones is like having bad sex, it’s ok but… [giggles]

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Traffic – argh!!!!! Drives me up the wall.  But I still love you Sydney, you are amazing. xo

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Camp cove. It’s just so cute, quiet and private, and you can even pull up in a boat and hang there. Very closely followed by Balmoral.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Lady Gaga – she is a f**kin genius and so fascinating…

What is your one diva demand?

It’s not as crazy some of Mariah’s extravagances, but mine would be having my entourage. For example I was playing a 15 minute set I told festival organisers I needed 22 passes for my crew. Woops! Diva!

I’m a real people person and really vibe of that, so I like gathering groups of like-minded creative people. Energy like that is so contagious.

Check out Charmaine’s great website – www.charmaine.com.au