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(Come along and get your moles checked by a Skin Health Doctor) Charity at hospice shop By Farida Master MICHELLE Buchanan was dev- astated when first diagnosed with cervical cancer. But two-and-a -half years later, after a 10cm tumour shrunk with internal radiation treatment, she felt a strong desire to give back all the support she got when at her lowest ebb. It didn’t take her long to put her hand up when hearing about the new hospice shop at Pakuranga Plaza looking for volunteers. “I was so appreciative of all the care I’d received and thought it would be a wonderful cause to work for,” says the 45-year-old Dannemora woman. Volunteers have been an inte- gral part of the hospice shops that are connected to Totara Hospice in Manurewa. They usually work three to four hours a week. With about 40 volunteers at the relatively new hospice shop in Pakuranga, practically everyone who offers their service has had someone close to them affected by a terminal disease. “It’s a great feeling to have like- minded people come together to run the shop,” says Michelle. For shop manager Rimma Muir, no two days are the same. Apart from rostering volunteers – some are so devoted that they worked seven days a week when they were shifting shop from their previous location in Pakuranga – the running of it is largely based on the cast-offs of the generous and charitable. “Sometimes there is loads of high-end stuff donated, and then there are days when people dump things that can’t possibly be sold. “We have to put it in the rubbish, or pass it on to the warehouse that distributes it amongst the other five hospice shops,” says Rimma, who is proud of the young college and university students who volunteer their services on Saturdays, giving regular staff a deserved break. On any given day, there are 100 to 125 customers looking for a bar- gain, scouring through affordable little treasures ranging from bric- a-brac to trendy jewellery, col- lectable china, pre-loved clothing, shoes, furniture and books. “We have people bring in items when someone in the family has deceased. Recently, we had a man get heaps of new tea towels his mother had left behind. “Another gentleman donated his mother’s lounge set. We’ve also been given designer clothes and jewellery,” says Rimma. Once the donations stream in, the job for volunteers is to sort out the stock, put on the price tags and display. “Our shop stocks clothes by sizes, which is very easy for the customer to browse through. For- tunately we have enough moving space for those in wheelchairs,” she says. Rimma is grateful to volunteers who take home soiled clothes to wash, iron and sew on missing but- tons, and to Eileen Watson, who knits brand new baby clothes and puts them on sale. All the money from the shop goes towards the running of Totara Hospice, which has been provid- ing palliative care to the South and East Auckland communities for more than 30 years. The earnings of the hospice shop also contribute towards the well-being of the caregivers. To donate items to the shop in Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga Plaza, it’s open from Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Alternatively, people can phone 576-2189 to make an appointment for collection of heavier items. All in it together at the hospice shop at Pakuranga Plaza are manager Rimma Muir, right, and volunteers Michelle Buchanan, left, and Sheryl Williams. Times photo Wayne Martin VEHICLE PARKING Public has say in new discussion AUCKLAND Transport (AT) is reviewing all aspects of vehicle parking and wants public feedback on its Draft Parking Discussion Document. Parking problems affecting the region have been identified by AT with some possible ways to fix them. Submissions are open online until June 30, giving organisations and individuals a chance to provide their views. AT strategy and planning general manager Peter Clark says it’s the first time parking is able to be reviewed across the whole of Auckland. The review looks at the use of park and rides, residential parking zones, managing on and off-street parking in the central city, clearest times on arterial roads and parking in town centres. “We’re aiming to set a clear and consistent direction for Auckland’s parking in future, which will be good for all road users, adjacent businesses and residents, and we want to make sure we’re making the right decisions,” says Mr Clark. “As our city grows and develops rapidly, nowisthetimetotakealookathowwe most effectively manage the range of parking options for the city. “As Auckland grows, it’s an increasing challenge to balance the competing demands on the road network. AT is keen to get the public’s thoughts on a range of recommended approaches to improve Auckland’s parking, but specifically those relating to: n The city centre, metropolitan and town centres; residential streets; off-street parking facilities (parking buildings); on- street parking restrictions; arterial roads (phasing out on-street parking); parking permits; and park and rides. For more information and to have a say on improving Auckland’s parking, refer online to www.at.govt.nz.
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