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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday October 29 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, October 29, 2015 — 3 We’re bringing the latest Fords to your town and giving you the chance to WIN one! The Ford Blue Oval Roadshow is your chance to experience the latest technology and new models from Ford. You can test your parallel parking skills with Active Park Assist or unleash your inner All Blacks spirit with the ‘Pass it Ford’ game. Everyone who takes a test drive during the Blue Oval Roadshow will have the chance to WIN a brand new Ford. * So come check us out when we hit town! When: Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2015 Where: South Auckland Motors, 2 Gladding Place, Manukau Time: 10am - 3pm *Test drives only available to drivers with a current full NZ Driver’s License. To enter the competition, participants must complete a test drive in one of the Ford vehicles available at the Blue Oval Roadshow event. One entry per person. One winner will be selected at the end of the national Blue Oval Roadshow on the 10th December 2015 and contacted by phone. Prize vehicle can be selected from Ford Fiesta Trend, Focus Ambiente Hatch Auto or EcoSport Trend Auto. KC11255 ■■ By Farida Master They called him every name they could possibly think of. He was held up against the precipice of a staircase with the strap of his bag, ridiculed, harassed and bullied. But the final straw that broke Angus Slade was the time a student stuffed plastic down his throat while the teacher looked away. “I almost choked and couldn’t breathe. I ran to a water fountain and tried to drink some water but couldn’t. “Finally I managed to gulp it down,” said 16-year-old Angus who was invited to The Big Stand, an annual anti-bullying assembly at Howick College. Sharing his horrifying story of shame he said:”I was in a very dark space and had suicidal thoughts. But the school didn’t treat it as a problem. “I wanted to die because someone wants to joke away.” His parents decided to home school him for a year and a half after which Angus felt confident of facing the blue skies again at a different school. “Look at every history book and it tells you that the world is full of bullies. “Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional,” said the young speaker who now has the confidence to face an audience and encourage other students to openly talk about being bullied. The turning point in his life was making the award-winning video against bullying that won him international attention. Angus got a chance to meet the Google bosses in Sydney as his video went viral. He says the worst thing he could have done was to break down in class. “I had a lot of stuff going on with my aunt in the UK being diagnosed with cancer and mum going to visit her in UK,” Angus says. Life in school was hell which is why he believes that “doing nothing and looking the other way is a major problem.” Christabel Williams, Year 10 student at Howick College sang a beautiful rendition of the song titled Blood from Stone and was accompanied by Sabastian Munro on the guitar. It was her way of expressing her pain and coming to terms with the bullying issues that deeply affected her self esteem at intermediate school. Principal Iva Ropati who was there to support the students in taking a big stand against bullying was moved by the assembly and said it was heart- warming to see the students wanting to change the hearts and minds of people. “Look at you now full of passion, courage and honestly, I am so proud of you all because you are all committed to making a difference.” Anti-bullying advocate Angus Slade and the members of The Big Stand. Times photo Farida Master Big stand Bullied and humiliated sUrVey In a survey conducted at Howick College 63 per cent of the students voted for anonymous reporting of bullying incidents. Howick College which has been hosting the Big Stand assembly since the last five years is now ready to take it to the next level. They will be the first College in New Zealand that is working towards employing a team of professionals next year. The team will be dedicated to helping students deal with bullying and standing up against bullies. triBUte Community loses iconic personality One of the Howick Ward’s most popular and loved celebrities, Bill Mudgway has died at the age of 93 He was known regionally for his broadcasting work as Radio I’s “Eye in the Sky” and a 45-year career announcing at Western Springs Raceway. The Pakuranga resident served 12 years on the Pakuranga Commu- nity Board and was president of the Howick Pakuranga Grey Power Association for eight years. In 2011 he became a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary Interna- tional and for many years, his professional broadcasting skills were a highlight when he compered Howick’s annual Santa Parade and Howick Lions in the Park and Military Tattoo. His funeral will be held at 1pm, November 2, at All Saints Church, Selwyn Road, Howick.
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