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Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Saturday 5/7/2008, Page: 5, Section: General News, Region: QLD, Type: Regional, Size: 398.13 sq.cms. Published: —–S
Stars dine out to help neighbours. (by Bridie Jabour)
INSTEAD of neighbours becoming good friends, it was a case of good friends meeting Neighbours – the stars. Neighbours actors Natalie Blair and Pippa Black lunched with five lucky school girls yesterday at Dreamworld. One of the girls, Stephanie Cipressi, won a competition for a free day trip to Dreamworld and a chance to have lunch with the soap stars after buying $50 worth of tickets.
“I found out at the last day of school when one of the teachers announced it and I had to stand up in front of everyone,” she said. “I was so happy to win. I like watching Neighbours when the dramatic events are on but now I have been watching it every day.” The competition was for a good cause after Natalie’s childhood neighbours – the Quinns – lost their house in a fire.
The Logic award winning actress said her neighbours had escaped with only their pyjamas on their backs and it had really hit close to home for her. “I used to babysit for them and my brother and sister went to school with them,” she said, “It could have been my house so it really hit close to home. “They have had a lot of support like clothes and other physical things they need but they are paying a mortgage on a house that burned down and having to rent another, so the prospect of rebuilding just seems impossible. “So we are doing the fundraising to get the actual house on track.” Natalie said her mother had been organising some other fiundraising and all the money would be presented to the Quinn family some time next month. Tickets to win the day at Dreamworld and lunch with the stars sold for $5 each and other prizes included an Xbox and Ed Hardy clothing.
Stephanie – who attends Lourdes Hill College – took four of her closest friends along for the day and said they had a great time on the rides. “We went on the Wipeout and took some photos and went on the reptile rollercoaster,” she said.
(Stephanie attended with her friends Bridie Heron, Amy Campbell, Zoe Mayne and Brylee Lambert.)
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