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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 5 2016
I BY FARIDA MASTER Helping society’s forgotten women is something a committed pair of Howick and Botany residents have in the bag – the pikau bag. Mary Ann France and Kim Callard formed Comfort Kidz, an organisation dedicated to helping traumatised children, and they have harnessed the energies of prisoners and retirees to help them do it. Male prisoners at Northland’s Ngawha have been taught pikau bag making. The drawstring duffel bags, which can double as pillows, are packed with toiletries, towels, clothes, books and other items, and given to the Multi-Agency Centre, a Middlemore Hospital facility dealing with traumatised children, bringing together health, welfare and police – though no uniforms are permitted. “We are trying hard to keep up with the demand, because far too many kids are at the centre every week, and that is a horrible reflection on our society,” Ms France said. “But it’s wonderful to show prisoners they can do something positive, and the retirees have been brilliant, coming together with an enthusiasm we could not have imagined.” Women from the Wiri correctional facility are being taught quilting, the finished items also given to the centre – commonly known as MAC, as are the recycled woollen blankets Ms France beautifully cuts down and trims with satin to create comforters for the children. Ms Callard, a former fashion 2 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 5, 2016 www.times.co.nz TIMESWORD Answers under Public Notices in the Classifieds section. PUZZLE NO. 7755 12 3 4 567 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 CRYPTIC ACROSS 1. The ship having tied up then, look happier (8). 6. For a good swimmer, it’s nothing (4). 8. Try reverting again to a childhood source of fear (4). 9. Not saying much about Act One and the act following (8). 10. Frank will show you the way to fold a map (5). 11. Having not much space, now, to put a car inside (6). 13. About to marry money abroad (6). 15. I am going back home, young lady (6). 17. A scroundrel is right and a beast! (6). 19. Did the chap disappear with the fruit? (5). 22. Arrives of- ficially to strike a blow at vice (6,2). 23. Gathered one had been taken aback by the news (4). 24. One continued to hold it back (4). 25. Taken through the rock era from the beginning (5,3). CRYPTIC DOWN 2. 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With a Masters of Science degree under his belt and the encouragement of his family and friends, Dunraj decided to put his wealth of information to the test on TV One’s Mastermind, which has returned to screens this May. “I decided to apply for Mastermind because my family and friends always say that I’m full of useless information. I’d like to think it’s useful information,” Dunraj exclaims. Taking on his chosen subject of amino acids, Dunraj says despite his fears, the experience was invaluable. “I can’t remember the last time I had that kind of rush that I felt when in the chair, under the spotlight. “It’s one thing to answer correctly but in Mastermind answering rapidly is the key – delivering a fast answer that is right the first time while your heart is pumping and adrenaline is flowing through your veins is an experience that money can’t buy,” he says. The self-described science nerd, who works as a product development technologist, also has a number of other unexpected passions. “ Whilst I’d happily take the title of science nerd or sports geek my talents aren’t limited to this as I currently also compete in the sport of powerlifting.” While he holds multiple Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC) New Zealand records and placed sixth at the GPC world championships in Las Vegas in September last year, Dunraj believes his talents lie with science rather than lifting weights. ® Dunraj will appear on episode two of Mastermind NZ on Sunday May 8 at 7:45pm on TV One. INITIATIVE Comforting traumatised kids Dhiren Dunraj will test his knowledge on his chosen subject of amino acids on episode two of Mastermind NZ. Photo supplied designer, says it’s been a privilege to see prisoners wanting to contribute something positive. “We are probably all guilty of thinking these are people with nothing to give, but they hear about children in difficult positions through no fault of their own and they are marvellous.” Both women have been in and out of prison passing on their skills and their pikau and comfort blanket project has recently been backed by the Rotary Club of Highbrook, where Ms France is a member. To speed up the production line, fellow Rotarian and Botany House of Travel director Katrina Cole allowed her premises to become a factory for the day. Quilters, including professional pattern-makers and textile designers, and women from the retirement villages, gathered to turn out around 200 pikau bags last Sunday. “ We also made woollen Comfort Kidz blankets which are big enough for a child to wrap around their shoulders. They are warm and have a cocooning effect,” Ms France says, pointing to the fleece backing. Statistics show a child in care can go through several foster homes. “Often they have nothing to call their own except these,” she says. While fabrics have been donated, the pair need volunteers, and woollen blanket and cotton cord donors. “If you are downsizing or moving to a retirement home, we can use your old woollen blankets. We can even darn holes.” The relentless workers are also looking for someone to donate labels they can stitch on the Comfort Kidz blankets saying: “This is mine” – where a child can add their name.
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