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12 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 www.times.co.nz The Next Great Drive All New MAzda 3 $32,795* From 126096 122836 YOUR ONE-STOP HEATING SHOP FAMILY BUSINESS IN PAKURANGA FOR OVER 40 YEARS Keeping kids snugly Deidre Morgan, left, and Kirsten Hawke have done the numbers and it makes sense to donate children’s pyjamas. Photo supplied SERIOUS number crunching indi- cates more than 2000 tiny tots could avoid a trip to hospital this winter if every local business pur- chased one pair of pyjamas. That’s an investment of about $10 for each business to keep chil- dren warm and well when the tem- perature drops, and winter ills and chills set in. East Tamaki accountants Astill Hawke and Associates have ral- lied the troops for the Middlem- ore Foundation’s Jammies in June campaign. Kirsten Hawke and her team never like to see children getting sick and keeping them out of hos- pital makes economic sense. “Donating and collecting pyjamas is the least we can do to help chil- dren in need,” says Mrs Hawke. “We’re challenging every other business in the area to take a lit- tle time to buy a pair of flannel- ette pyjamas for children and drop them into our office. “We’ll make sure they get to Kidz First Children’s Hospital.” As well as reducing the distress of illness for children and their families, it makes sense for compa- nies and organisations to do their bit to keep kids healthy. When children need to stay home or they are admitted to hospital it often means a parent or caregiver takes time off work. In East Tamaki, there are about 30,000 jobs and if children stay warm, dry and free of sicknesses such as asthma and rheumatic fever, a lot of employee sick leave could be reduced. The Middlemore Foundation says children are admitted to hos- pital or kept away from school for two or three days at a time, due to preventable illnesses and that often recur several times during winter. Because mums are usually the lead caregivers, it means they miss work and lose wages, which fur- ther stresses households where cash is scarce. “Sometimes our mums do have to take time off work, but many of our parents are on benefits and they really struggle to clothe their families adequately,” says Kidz First inpatient service manager Marlene Stratton. “Warm nightwear is often last on the list and Jammies in June is making a difference.” The campaign has run for a cou- ple of years and Kidz First Chil- dren’s Hospital staff believe it is helping. “Having pyjamas at least means children are kept warm at night, which helps to keep chest infec- tions at bay.” Last year, Kidz First provided siblings with pyjamas too, which was a great benefit that was never envisaged. “Jammies in June is a reward- ing initiative for staff, all of whom get great pleasure in presenting children with their PJs, and seeing the look of pure delight on the chil- dren’s faces,” says Ms Stratton. Pyjamas can still be left at Astill Hawke and Associates reception, 35 Allens Road, East Tamaki, or phone 985-9791 for information.
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