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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday June 18 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 18, 2015 — 15 Volunteer in our charity shops, have fun whilst supporting the work of Hospice. Join a friendly team at the heart of your local community in one of our Totara Hospice shops. Our dedicated and caring volunteers need more help! Turn kindly donated goods into much needed support for our patients and their families. Full training is provided, a great chance to meet new friends - and there are many ways you can help. Please contact Wendy Stanmore now if you can help on: (09) 2983108 or firstname.lastname@example.org Totara Hospice, 140 Charles Prevost Drive, Manurewa Volunteer in our charity shops, have fun whilst supporting the work of Hospice. Totara Hospice 140 Charles Prevost Dr, Manurewa But 42,500 PAIRS OF EYES are much better! WORD OF MOUTH IS GOOD Don’t underestimate the power of our readers to help you grow your sales. 127215 www.times.co.nz facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ Ph 271 8000 Level 1, The Lane, Botany Town Centre Put old mobile to good ➤ use NOW’S a great time to find a better use for that old mobile phone – drop it off at an Auckland Council service centre and raise money for the Starship National Air Ambulance Service. Throughout June and July there will be a Starship Mobile Phone collection box at the council’s main service centres across the region for people who want to help kids and the planet by recycling an old phone. Auckland Council is joining in the successful campaign that has been raising funds for the Starship Foundation since 2009, raising more than $2.3 million to help fund the Starship National Air Ambulance. child prostitution Brake the traffick TEAR Fund is encouraging Kiwi cyclists to use their bikes to stop children from being trafficked into brothels EVERY30 seconds, a child is trafficked around the world. The average age of a victim is only 12- years-old. By cycling in the TEAR Fund Poverty Cycle challenge, New Zealanders can help combat this trade in lives. The Poverty Cycle is a road relay race that pits teams of six against each other to complete six laps of a 20km circuit. Individuals can also enter the challenge and ride two, three or four laps. Last year’s Poverty Cycle saw key businesses, groups and clubs, cycling together to raise $85,000 which was used to help fight trafficking in Southeast Asia and Nepal. This enabled TEAR Fund’s partners to: rescue 65 victims from trafficking, charge 15 offenders, expand into 36 new communities, and educate 768 school children about the dangers of human trafficking. Now the same opportunity is being extended to local businesses, individuals, schools, and clubs to participate in this worthwhile challenge. The challenge also attracts prominent athletes such as 10- time winner of Ironman New Zealand, Cameron Brown. Brown says: “Poverty Cycle is a fun and friendly event with the added challenge of giving it your best for your team.” Money raised in the Poverty Cycle this year, is going towards preventing women and children from being trafficked in Southeast Asia and Nepal and helping them integrate into leading normal lives. A portion of the funds will also go towards a mentoring programme for vulnerable youth here in New Zealand. The event will be held at 7am on August 29 at the Ti Papa Events Centre in Clevedon. For more information or to register for the challenge, go to www.povertycycle.org.nz Cycling to stop trafficking. Photo supplied Drones – a potential ➤ threat? THEY’RE used by the military, for crop surveillance and even to deliver pizza, but drones are also becoming a weapon of choice for burglars overseas, prompting a New Zealand security company to issue a warning. New Zealand residents could soon be targets due to lack of current regulations, says general manager of home security company Vivint, Marsden Hulme. He says increasingly affordable technology has meant it is now easy for drones to be purchased by criminals who use the devices to fly over properties and collect footage. The drone is able to give them detailed ‘intel’ in real time on who is home, what doors or windows have been left open, and even images of what there is that might be worth stealing, should they wish to break in. “Right now these devices are easy to buy, relatively cheap, and there are very few regulations on their use,” says Mr Hulme. “ They are also getting lighter and quieter as the technology evolves and there have already been issues with drones being used for theft in the United States and the United Kingdom.” However, a New Zealand Police spokesperson says there have been no reports of them being used for malicious purposes in the country although the police are well aware of its potential. “Police are constantly adapting prevention activities and investigation techniques to meet the challenges that new technology presents. This includes the use of drones.” If anyone has concerns about drones being used in a suspicious manner they should contact Counties Manukau Police on 261-1300 or phone the anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800 555 111.
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