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Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday October 29 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — 7 A HEAD shave by the store and meat managers of a Highland Park supermarket has raised $1700 for an annual children’s hospital appeal. Countdown Highland Park store manager Ken Lawrence and meat manager Midi Shortland submitted their tresses to the razor on October 17. Their sacrifice was to collect money for the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. Ms Shortland donated her exceptionally long hair to be made into a wig to support patients in need. As part of the national appeal, which started in August and finished on October 24, the Highland Park team also ran guess the lolly jar competitions, in-store silent auctions, mufty days, and a shared lunch where all brought food and paid a donation. Money raised by the event, previously known as the Fresh Future Children’s Hospital Appeal, goes to buying medical equipment for 10 dedicated children’s hospitals and wards, including Kidz First Children’s Hospital at Middlemore. HAIR SACRIFICED FOR CHARITY Above left, Midi Shortland gets her hair shaved off; right, Ken Lawrence, left, and Ms Shortland, donated their tresses to an annual children’s hospital appeal. Photos supplied / Grant Thompson released and they raised the roof with the loudest cheering and applause of the night. The conducting of the band was absolutely superb and his com- mentary made the occasion one to remember. This is one utterly dedicated group of young musicians and they deserve all the support we can muster on future occasions. John Chant, Cockle Bay Questioning queried AM I alone in pointing out the excess security questioning on non-financial matters with various companies? An example, I phone an insur- ance company to adjust an address of mine. I give them my policy number. I’m then asked for my date of birth, name of my pet, and colour of my first car. These were asked at policy pro- posal time, and again at every sub- sequent phone contact. I decline to answer date of birth, name my pet elephant called Edward, and red and black spotted 1937 MGTF. Maybe that insurance company will survive, and build a database of extraordinary value to some dan- gerous terrorist. R. J. S. Hopper, Dannemora Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Nom de plumes not accepted. Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen. From the files of the Howick and Botany Times, in 2004 Help for families OCTOBER 27, 2004: Reverend Dr Rich- ard Waugh and mother of two Viona Schulz are both doing their bit to help families in the new but rapidly growing Botany community. The Life Growth Trust was established in late 2002 and focuses on the Botany area. “Our aim is to provide innovative services for parents and their children,” says Mr Waugh. “We aim to be the fence at the top of the cliff, rather than the ambulance at the bottom.” The trust also uses the services of Ian and Mary Grant, of Parenting with Confidence, to run seminars such as Hot Tips on Raising Boys, which ran in February. “At least 400 parents have attended,” says Mrs Schulz. Many newcomers attend the sessions – quite a few South Africans, but the trust is also trying to target the Asian communities. Life Growth runs at Botany Downs Secondary College’s Performing Arts Centre on Chapel Road and is sponsored by East City Wesleyan Church, where Mr Waugh is reverend, and East View Baptist and St Columba Presbyterian. “Courses are fun and practical,” says Mrs Schulz. “There are many aspects – especially aimed at this new housing area – equipping families with coping mechanisms, everyday parenting and even how to drug-proof your kids. “It’s all aimed at developing happy healthy communities. “We have a large number of volunteers to help.” She says many parents have found the courses motivational and inspiring. “Some people say to me that they were relieved to know that they are on the right track, and others are often relieved to discover that they are not the only ones with a problem.” The Life Growth Trust plans to develop more courses and they will be created to suit the parents. A parent support group is also on the way. Cheer for starlets OCTOBER 27: Two local cheerleading squads matched the best at the New Zealand All Star champs. Somerville Starlets, of Somerville Intermediate, were second in the school division at the North Shore Events Centre. They won the national spirit stick, awarded to the team showing the most cheerleading spirit, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. A vote by other squads decides the title. “We were beaten by a college team in the school division. Our students have done well,” says teacher and coach, Krystle Villis. “They performed with outstanding precision and confidence. They did us proud and I’m happy for them.” Squad member Emma McLaughlin was second in the individual tumbling section. Howick All Stars were second in the division two section. The squad, part of the All Star Cheerleaders company run by Kimberley Ramsay, features 16 girls aged eight to 16 from different Howick schools. With many team members new to cheerleading, American coach Shannon Czebotar was pleased with the result. The squad changed its routine two days before the finals when others quit. “The rest worked very hard to adjust. They managed it finally and I’m proud of them,” she says. The 250 competitors from 20 schools were judged across seven divisions such as stunts, jumps, tumbling, cheer, motion and use of performance space. From the files of the Howick and Botany Times, in 2004 Looking back, 10 years ago...
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