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drift in at times. It was a mild day across the board.

From the satellite, a few showers and storms are
lingering over Queensland and the Top End but most of New South Wales is fine apart from a few showers
on the north-eastern ranges. Tomorrow, a cool change will sweep
through Victoria and Tasmania with showers and cooler temperatures
settling in. Around the country tomorrow, cool in Melbourne
with a morning shower. Wet in Hobart.

Adelaide, fine. Hot and stormy in Perth.

It'll be choppy on the water.

Tonight will be fine. We will drop to 18 degrees then a hot and sunny day tomorrow. The mercury rising to 31. Northerly winds will push
temperatures to 35 in Penrith. Look out for a gusty southerly
change hitting either late morning
or early afternoon which will drop temperatures and could trigger some isolated
storms across the western suburbs and up into the Central Coast.

Looking ahead - cloudy on Saturday. A light shower possible on Sunday. Warm and cloudy for New Year's Eve and it looks set to stay that way
into the new year.

That's Seven News for this Thursday. Next on 'Today Tonight' - the push to ban cartoon characters
used to promote junk food.

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Tonight - we pay tribute
to those who overcame the odds... It is going to be
extremely difficult. Probably the most challenging thing
I'll ever do. ..who put others first... We are feeding 3,500 people a week.
Most of these people are desperate. ..and who gave us reason to smile. Plus, the push to ban
cartoon characters who help make our kids fat. We need to stop the marketing
of junk food products to children, pure and simply. And she used to be a swimwear model. Now she's a virtual recluse. The surgery that has ruined
Rebecca's life.

Welcome to Today Tonight.
I'm Kylie Gillies. We start tonight with the people who gained
our attention for the right reasons. They battled adversity, showing great courage
and determination when it would have been easier
to say, "It's all too hard." And they did it to help others. In the process,
they won our admiration and, at times, captured our hearts. James Tomas has our look back
at the heroes of 2012.



(ROCKET FIRE) 2012 saw the Middle East enter
the second year of the Arab Spring, the popular revolution
striving for democracy and peace.

Few can appreciate
the courage needed to rise against decades of tyranny. But some have made it
their life's work to help us understand. (MACHINE GUN FIRE) (EXPLOSION) (ROCKET FIRE) Iraq, Libya, Syria. (ROCKET FIRE) (MACHINE GUN FIRE) (ARTILLERY FIRE) (MACHINE GUN FIRE) You have the Kalashnikov. (MACHINE GUN FIRE) You get some handguns as well. The anti-aircraft weapons. (ARTILLERY FIRE) And then you have
your rocket fire as well. (ROCKET FIRE) (ROCKET FIRE) In Syria, you're got a lot
of the air bombardment as well.

brings the world these pictures by placing herself and her camera
on the front line of terrifying conflict. To those
whose suffering she exposes, she is more than a correspondent - she is a hero.

Men are still searching
through the rubble here. So far, they've found eight bodies - seven young children
and their father. without any sort of plan but it just turned out to be
the ideal career for me. I'm doing exactly what I love. There's just been too much
sadness around. We needed something. We needed some good. Love is what drives Michael Emerton,
lovingly known as 'Chicken Mick'. Last year, he and 200 of his mates
helped a dying mother of three realise a dream. The heart got involved
and took over. 2012 saw Chicken Mick
busier than ever. How're youse doing?
Good. Good, thanks. How are you? I'd just like to introduce myself.
Yep? Chicken Mick.

Michael devastated
to hear of the plight of Miette - a gorgeous girl with a rare,
inoperable brain stem tumour that has left her parents devastated by the knowledge they could lose her
within two years. I keep telling myself
it's not happening and we're going to wake up and something will happen,
we'll just wake up but we're not waking up. A normal child being a child. (EXHALES)

Just tragic. Tragic story. Chicken Mick had no choice
but to do what he does best - get on the phone,
round up his mates, hit the tools and make life
just a little bit better for a struggling family. CHICKEN MICK: I've got this picture
of her own little space, her little fairy garden
her little palace. She's a princess,
she needs a palace. The Aussie always helps
someone else when they're down. Always. He's been doing this for a long...
Three cheers for Mick, yeah. MAN: Hip, hip! (ALL) Hooray! Hip, hip!
(ALL) Hooray! Hip, hip! (ALL) Hooray!

It's going to be
extremely difficult. Probably the most challenging
thing I will every do. This year, Jackie Quist met
the inspirational Deborah DeWinter, hoping to raise $1 million
for breast cancer research by running across Antarctica. Deborah, what's the temperature
in here? It is about -19, -20 so perfect conditions
for Antarctica. JACKIE QUIST: Plenty have trekked
across the icy continent but no-one has ever run it and the prospect doesn't phase
this 40-year-old endurance veteran. Deborah has already walked
16,864km around Australia for Kids Helpline. She's beaten breast cancer and run around Australia
for breast cancer research. Spurred on by the fact that 30 Australian women
are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, Deborah Hopes to raise $1 million
for breast cancer research. Do people think you're mad, though? Oh, yeah, all the time but, you know, I think anyone
who isn't following their dreams and pursuing their goals
and doing what they love to do is mad. She was my soul mate.
We were the same person. JAMES THOMAS:
Mick and Vicki Richardson lost their daughter
to a fatal road accident caused by texting. They told me there'd been
a single car accident and there was a fatality and it was Brooke. The pain of their loss still raw
when they spoke to us just weeks
after their daughter's death but they spoke
because they wanted to help others, to prevent more senseless loss. You've got to be so careful
in a car, you've got be so careful and I just felt like maybe
I didn't get that message across. We're starting a little bit of
a foundation for Brooke, to get awareness out there. If we can stop one other family
from going through this pain... Yeah.
..we've done it.

Great-grandparents John and Bev Lowe
are Perth's unsung heroes, preparing and serving
thousands of meals every week for those who really need it. For many of them, it's just a continual round
of feeling that nobody cares. We've got
beautiful biscuits today plus they've got a dessert. It was an idea born
on a wintry night in 1996. It was wet and cold and we saw some people sitting
under the trees and we came back five hours later
and they were still there and I said to John,
"Let's go home and make soup," and that's how MANNA started. 16 years on,
it's far more than a soup kitchen. Rob and Bev direct
an army of volunteers that prepare 3-course meals
for the homeless 5 days a week,
52 weeks a year. This is the only hot nourishing meal
that's provided in Perth and we have really high standards - it must be fresh that day, it must be what you'd be prepared
to serve to visitors in your own home. But it was a cashed-up visitor
to the soup kitchen that made all the difference
to John and Bev's operation when Today Tonight revealed
that volunteer Rob Bransby was, in fact,
the head of an insurance company and a willing benefactor. Bev and John, I've got to tell you, I'm actually the managing director
of HBF. And I came last week
to experience firsthand what you do and I've got to tell you,
it actually really touched me. It's absolutely my pleasure
today to come out here to give you a cheque for $30,000
from the staff of HBF, so thanks for the job you do. Incredible, you make me cry. I'm totally amazed
and very, very grateful.

From uplifting to heartbreaking - this was the story
of Maddison Parker. When little sister Kayla
practises piano, she can do the same.

And violin practise can prompt
a wrist, elbow or shoulder to pop. For them to get out of bed,
before they actually sit up, they have to sort of do a stock - "Are my ankles in the right spot?
Are my knees in the right spot? "Are my hips right?" To make sure that they're straight
before they can actually get up. Everything is twice as hard. Maddison and Kayla Parker
have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It's very hard to live with. It affects the collagen, which is kind of like a glue
between the joints that holds them together and we don't have a certain thing
in the collagen which makes it a lot more loose
where the joints are. She knows EDS well -
it's her constant companion. The sisters have learned to deal with what many of us
just couldn't endure. So what have you dislocated? Is it your knee?
Yeah, my knee. And how long is that
going to take to...? Um, probably another six months. Six months
before you get out of that? Yeah.

Maddison is so frustrated
by the ignorance surrounding EDS, she launched a campaign. She got 600 email responses
including one from The Lodge. I got home from school
and Mum handed me an envelope and I didn't look at the front
where it said "Prime Minister" and then I opened it
and read through it and then I got to the end
and I was like... "Oh, my gosh!"

And now she's reaching out to you. Could you research EDS,
like, just for five minutes? Just type it into Google and have, like, five minutes
just to read a little bit about it. Would make a big difference
to your life? Yeah, it would. And finally, before 2012 was out, our hero of the year one more time,
Chicken Mick. He had one more project
to attend to. They need to have a smile
on their face and that's what
we're all here for, fellas. Mick rallied the troops
in aid of young Nicholas Rudd. So your bones are...
Blood. And inside your blood
is made up of Miss Reds. Miss Reds. Nicholas was born with
severe congenital neutropenia. It's basically
an absence of neutrophils which are the white blood cell
that fights bacteria. Any form of infection,
a paper cut, a stubbed toe, a cough, a cold
an ear infection, anything could develop
into a deadly infection for him. The one chance for Nicholas
was a bone marrow transplant but it would render him housebound
for up to three years. That's where Chicken Mick comes in - to make Nick's house
as comfortable as possible. There's a lot of work.
We can do it. The little fella needs a hand
so bring it on. Put the name down straightaway,
had a bit of a tear in my eye.

Thanks for that, mate. See you. Have a good one.
Good work. It's part of the Aussie way to help out
and give your mate a hand. I've got a little girl myself,
so I can empathise with that. Why not? What's two or three days
out of your life for someone to help out, you know? Good karma. 72 hours and another Chicken Mick miracle
is made.

Gosh, look! Oh, wow. (GASPS) Oh, wow!

A real safe zone.



MAN: What do you think, Nicholas? MOTHER: Say, "Thank you, everyone." Thank you, everyone.

Inspirational. No doubt they'll be continuing
that great work throughout 2013. We wish them well. Many of us have grown up
with the Paddle Pop lion and characters like Coco the monkey and Sam Toucan advertising
sugary breakfast cereals. But now they're in the sights
of health groups who want them banned because our children
are getting fatter. Tineka Everaardt reports.

Now, let the fun begin!

These could be
the endangered species of the junk food world. They really do need to be banned. The characters who have
filled our TV screens and supermarket shelves for so long may soon be banished and it's causing
an almighty food fight. You can't blame the Paddle Pop lion
or even Ronald McDonald.

Ooh! It's me!

We need to stop the marketing of
junk food products to children, purely and simply. The Obesity Policy Coalition wants the government to ban
cartoon advertising aimed at kids. Spokesperson Craig Sinclair. These rather innocent-looking
characters are in many ways the Trojan Horse for junk food, beverage food marketers to really get children hooked. We al know the power
kids have over us when they start pestering but what's behind it? Just a sugar kick or the
colourful characters and cartoons jumping out at them in the aisle? They're really bright colours
which are attractive to kids. There's all sorts of games on them,
as well. Dietician Melanie McGrice. Some of these are really tempting because you get some freebies
in the pack but they're collector things This particular one
is all Scooby Doo - and they really entice you
to buy more of them so you can collect the whole range. 6-year-old Olivia
is one of their unassuming targets. There's two of the characters
of the show that I really like and when I go to the supermarket
and look at it, it has nice bright colours. But it's not just the obvious
which is eating at our kids. Marketers have come up with more
creative avenues to influence them. Like Streets,
who've released free DVDs featuring the Paddle Pop lion
as the lead character. M&M's, which is another example where on the packet kids can
download a free smartphone app. When it comes to
the online environment... There are no controls
currently in place which are really inhibiting
junk food marketers from directly marketing
to young children.

We are becoming a real nanny state. Mum and editor
Melissa Hoyer believes cutting cartoons would
take the fun out of treat time. I think one of the most best things of opening some boxes of cereal
or treats is for some kids to get
those little toys. what would happen
if apples came with iPhone app or grain bread came with a fun DVD, would kids want to buy them? There has been an attempt
by the Australian banana industry.

Deakin Uni advertising expert
Paul Harrison. The healthy foods, they don't have
the resources or the money to actually spend on advertising
and the different types of promotion that these highly processed,
high energy kind of foods have. He believes that's affecting
our kids in a big way. Australia is ranked as one of
the fattest countries in the world. Since the 1950s, when many of these well-known
characters were introduced, body fatness of Australian children
aged 0-18 has increased at the rate
of more than 6% a decade. 1 in 4 children
are now overweight or obese and if things continue
at the same rate, by 2025, 1 in 3 kids
will have a weight problem. But Melissa says
even if kids are enticed by junk, the real power
is in the parents' hands. Don't take your kids
to the supermarket. You go and do the shopping,
they have to look in the pantry. What is there will be eaten. Ooh, can't stop eating Paddle Pops! # All day long. #

We'd like your opinion on this one. Are your kids influenced
by those cartoon characters?

Send us a tweet or leave a comment
on our Facebook page. We're always interested
in what you have to say. After the break - a former swimwear model cursing her decision
to get plastic surgery. All the time,
which is just agonising. I'm on pain relief all the time. What's happened to Rebecca, and her warning to all women.

Welcome to Australia.
The guy we came to see. The cricket master.
He's the guy. Have you ever been
to a cricket game before? Uh, no.
We need to see how it's done. (CROWD CHEERS) What was that?
We gotta appeal. You gotta go like this -
HOW'S THAT?! You gotta do that. (SCREAMS) WHY?! Check your eyes! HOW'S THAT?!
HOW IS THAT?! Yeah! That was amazing, bro. (AUSTRALIAN ACCENT) Amazing, bro. I feel like I could get out there
and play - I really do.

A former swimwear model
has become a virtual recluse because of shocking
health complications associated with her breast implants. One of the implants has ruptured and as compensation,
she's been given just $1,500. Neil Doorley reports that doesn't even cover
Rebecca Jorgensen's medical costs let alone the pain
she continues to suffer.

The...which still affects me now... ..sorry.

I actually find it embarrassing.

Rebecca's injury and what can be seen
from the outcome of that is shocking. Yes, it's not unusual for an implant
to fracture and rupture. Is $1,500 adequate compensation
for this? MAN: Contacting the solicitor
tomorrow. This is bulls--t. It's the ugly and painful
end result of Rebecca Jorgensen's
breast implant gone wrong. Which is just agonising. I'm on pain relief all the time. This was Rebecca,
the swimwear model, but these days,
she's a virtual recluse, too afraid to go public because of the plastic bag
which drains toxic fluid from her left armpit. I have been staying home a bit more. Last year, she started suffering
warning signs something was wrong with
the implants she'd had since 2003. It was burning sensation
going down my arm, tingling. Scans confirmed one of
her Mentor implants had ruptured. The 31-year-old underwent surgery
to remove both implants but not before some of the silicone
leached into her lymph nodes. They were all abnormal and they were all abnormal
due to silicone, some of them were almost
four, five times the size of what a lymph node should be. Rebecca needed another operation
to remove seven lymph nodes which form part
of the body's immune system. My body is not happy
with having that in there so it's trying to work overtime
to get rid of everything. She's also suffering
emotional scars. I do. I constantly break down. Figures show the Mentor corporation received
more than 8,000 rupture complaints from 1985-2003
in the United States, with one woman seeking damages
of $50,000. As a gesture of goodwill,
Rebecca was offered just $1,500. And are you angry that you've been
through so much for $1,500? I am.

the Australian distributor
of Mentor breast implants, Johnson & Johnson, released a statement, saying:

I'm sure that if it was one of their family
members that was going through it, it would be
a completely different story. Because Rebecca wanted some closure,
she not only accepted the $1,500 but signed a release clearing
the company of any further claims. Is it an insult? It is, it is, because you've got to pay for MRIs and then you've to pay for scans,
like, breast scans, ultrasounds, the removal surgery. I think the purpose of asking an injured individual to
sign a document without legal advice puts the company on the front foot and leaves, unfortunately,
the injured person without very much recourse. Shine Lawyers' medical negligence
partner Wendy Nixson says Rebecca's case serves as a warning
to other women not to sign anything
before they receive legal advice. It is something
that we see a fair amount of. There are obviously risks involved
with having that form of procedure, as with any medical procedure, but we do have many, many people
approach us about just this very circumstance
where breast implants have ruptured. There are a significant number
of implants of all sorts that will rupture. Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz

from the council of Australian
Society of Plastic Surgeons says while the rate
of breast implants rupturing increases the longer they're in, it's rare for silicone
to make its way into lymph nodes. about the risk of their armpits
being full of silicone, nobody would have breast implants. Rebecca's health concerns
are ongoing. She still doesn't know
the full extent of having silicone leak
into her body. For all I know, the worst case is
it could be in the muscle and, obviously, the tissue and I could completely have
a mastectomy and lose it all.

Neil Doorley reporting. Despite the problems, breast enhancement is still one of
the most popular cosmetic surgeries in Australia. We'll take a break and be back
shortly with more Today Tonight.

Tomorrow night - the low-cost food
we should be eating every day. Doing what
high-cost medicines can't - lowering blood pressure
and saving lives.

Can you lift it?
Can you lift it up?

He is the most common cause of death in Australia.A reward to know whether it can reduce blood pressure. The health benefits of garlic. We'll
have that story for you tomorrow. Thanks for your company.
I'm Kylie Gillies. Enjoy your evening.
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VOICEOVER: Saving and caring
for our animals around New Zealand, in the wild and in zoos is the work of our Wild Vets. (CHIRPS)


Tonight, flightless birds
take to the skies. Shh. (WHISPERS)
The kiwis are trying to sleep. We're trying to be quiet.

Up close and personal
with two giant predators. Well, I'm giving him
a lot of respect from here. I...I respect him totally. And can Kito the white rhino
save her calf? It's gonna make life very, very hard
for him for the first few days, so we're gonna have to
bottle-feed him. Not a good start to life.

At Auckland's Whenuapai Airport, precious cargo
has just touched down.

30 endangered kiwis
are being transferred from Little Barrier Island to their new home
at Pukaha Mount Bruce, where a welcoming committee
is ready and waiting. KATE McINNES: What we're doing here
today is all the health screening
on the kiwi, and so the idea is for the vets
to have a look and make sure they're all healthy
and good to go. This is, as far as I'm aware,
the biggest ever transfer of kiwis from one location to another
within New Zealand, so it's very exciting. Before they can be released each bird needs to be checked
by a vet and given a clean bill of health. But the first challenge is getting
them safely to their new home. ROSEMARY VANDER LEE: Kiwis are used
to sleeping during the day, so the best way to go about it
is putting them in a box, transporting them during the day and then hopefully getting them
out into another burrow before it gets dark so they have a little bit of time
to have a nap, wake up and step out of their burrow
as they would normally. An Air Force Hercules is standing by to transport the kiwis as
quickly and as quietly as possible. Shh. (WHISPERS) The kiwis
are trying to sleep. We're trying to be quiet. And it's important
the kiwis don't wake up as they could easily injure
themselves during the flight. VANDER LEE:
It's a stressful situation when you take a bird
from its natural environment and do something
sort of unnatural to it. Birds can startle with sharp noises
or sudden jarring of the box but I've been watching
the proceedings as they've been loading them
on the Hercules and they've been so, so good. I'm sure some of them are sleeping
right through it, actually. So after a quiet 1-hour flight the Hercules lands
at Masterton Aerodrome. What a welcoming we've got here.

A little bit of a bump there
at the end but nothing too major, so just anxious to get them up there
and into the forest. By now, the kiwis have been boxed up
for eight hours so the DOC officers
need to get them to the vet ASAP to make sure they all survive.

At Hamilton Zoo, not everyone
is as tough as they look, especially Kito,
a 1,500kg white rhino. She seems a tiny bit antsy today,
so bear that in mind.