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It's a frosty morning, with a minimum of -1. After you've defrosted the car and got to work, take solace in the fact that it's a maximum of 14 today - definitely warmer than some temperatures we've experienced lately!
FIVE YEARS AGO
A lack of beds at Ballarat Base Hospital has prevented a Wimmera mother of six from having surgery to remove a hernia the size of a football from her abdomen. Amanda Klotz told the Mail-Times the hospital had cancelled the surgery four times since June. She said the hospital contacted her an hour before the surgery was scheduled to say it did not have a bed for her.
TOUGH TIMES: Amanda Klotz had to drive to Donald to collect five of her six children, from front left, Tara, 3, Bradley, 6, Karlie, 8, James, 2, and Emma, 4, from care after she was denied surgery at Ballarat Base Hospital with just an hour’s notice. It is the fourth time she has been denied the surgery. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's something that has had a lot of personal costs, but it's something we enjoy doing.'' - Brendan Kahn will join the Variety Bash, an annual driving adventure which raises money for Variety Children's Charity, with Rick Smith and Mick Harris later this month.
READY TO ROLL: Variety Bash entrants Rick Smith and Mick Harris with sponsor Nathan Werner at Horsham's BP Dimboola Road. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
Three Horsham cafes will donate cash from coffee sales to combating homelessness on Friday.
CUPPA FOR A CAUSE: Café Chickpea owner Lyn Witney-Drum, Business Horsham executive administrator Wendy Mitchell, Café Jas owner Sharron Keating and Fig Tree Café owner Brad Koenig raise a glass for CafeSmart, which raises money for tackling homelessness through coffee sales. All three cafes will donate $1 from each coffee sale to the initiative on Friday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
Dancing queens will head to Warracknabeal later this year when tribute band BABBA hits the town.