The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017
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SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 NEWS 23 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA met Jon in her first year of university. They hit it off straight away. In between having kids, I took on photography, so I was doing weddings and baby shoots, she said. I didnt know, but my biological dad was a well-known photographer in SA and that was kind of spooky. And I also found out one of my half sisters was a cake decorator, so it goes to show you dont have to have grown up with it to have it in your blood. Although she doesnt have much to do with her extended family anymore, her friends have become closer than ever. I dont have a lot to do with my biological dad and my stepdad passed away and the dad I grew up with got lost in transit and I lost contact with him, she said. My two stepmums I grew up with, I also lost contact with Im estranged from most of my blood family but a lot of my friends have become my family. I was actually Muslim for nine years, so when I met my husband I was fully covering as a Muslim and during uni I became a Christian. I was living with my mum and my stepdad was Egyptian. I always believed there was a god. At uni, someone challenged me spiritually and I thought I might read a few of these holy books. The short of it is that I asked God to show himself if he was real and he did (and I converted to Christianity). Fast forward and, after living in Darwin for the last 10 years, her business is thriving and shes loving the Territory. It was hard (in Darwin) in the early days but if I go anywhere now, it definitely feels like home, she said. Especially for my husband, who loves to hunt and fish its paradise for my kids too. Her fate though shes leaving that to god. I want to travel a bit, be with my children just family. This is the longest Ive been in the one place, she said. The two businesses that I run is all self-taught. I just decided I loved making cakes and its something I can do around the house and the tea room is a way to share my love of cakes. I dont have a plan, I just leave it up to God. HOME is now a long way from where Tennille Russo was as a child. Happily married for 21 years to her husband, Jon, she lives in Moil with her five picture-perfect children. Her two businesses the Chantilly Tea Room and the cake business she runs out of that are testament to her dedication and love of the classics. The tea rooms boast an English rose feel, selling homemade cakes and delicious teas. I was born in South Australia and lived in over 12 homes, so I moved around a lot as a kid, Tennille said. My parents separated, so I lived in a divorced family and had three mums and three dads. I had step-parents and biological parents. Actually, the dad I grew up with wasnt my dad. I found out when I was 19 that I had a whole different family. My mum had an affair and then I had this whole new amazing family. I only have half siblings but its amazing because I met them when I was 19. The dad I grew up with, he was a big alcoholic and my mum was an alcoholic but got out of it. My dad would get taken away in a paddy wagon. Ive come from this and (done) what Ive wanted to achieve in my life and know what I want for my children. A teacher by trade, Tennille MOLLY BAXTER To say Tennille Russo has had an unpredictable life is a major understatement. From growing up rough in Adelaide with multiple step-parents, to now running two businesses in Darwin, shes seen it all. Her story takes her from alcoholic parents to a loving family of her own. Shes next in line for this weeks Chain Reaction and was nominated by Evo Koulakis. The NT News Chain Reaction series shares the stories of everyday Territorians. The catch is, the person who is featured chooses the next Territorian. Check out next Saturdays NT News to see who Tenille Russo picked. Cake artist Tennille Russo with a collection of cakes she has made, including a Shopkinsthemed cake, centre, which went viral on Facebook Recipe for a happy life When Hutchinsons won the tender to construct the Gateway Shopping Centre, we were keen to recruit local talent. We ran multiple ads in the NT News as we recognised the career pages in the NT News is the go-to to attract local candidates. Of the 15 roles we needed to fi ll, 10 of those were fi lled with local talent by the ads we ran in the NT News. A truly great result. - Peter Lee Managing Director Hutchinsons For over 100 years, Hutchinsons have laid the ground work in residential Sub-divisions, transport hubs, shopping centres and hospitals just to name a few. Hutchinsons are currently working on the Gateway Shopping Centre and are focussed on delivering excellent results.
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