Central Leader : November 19th 2010
2 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 NEWS Office Ph 630 5419 Fax 630 5435 Editor Katherine Forbes email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Jeff Clayton email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 52,975 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday/ Friday to Balmoral, Epsom, Greenlane, Hillsborough, Lynfield, Mt Albert (south of railway line), Mt Eden, Mt Roskill, Morningside, New Windsor, One Tree Hill, Onehunga, Oranga, Owairaka, Penrose (not Te Papapa), Royal Oak, Sandringham, Three Kings. Unit 1.3, 72 Dominion Road. Private Bag 56910, Mt Eden. www.centralleader.co.nz C SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER AT 11AM Hey kids, join Monty at his special show to welcome Santa. He'll be at Westfield St Lukes every day until Christmas Eve. Be sure to come and say hi ES0 S0 WES0 S S E 0 W WS WES0 E 0 WES0 WS0 41/ 7 741 7 1/ 7 / 4 741 / 741 / 741 / 741/20 7 207 0 20x7 20x7 20x7 2 2 7 0 0 L /SL S /SL /SL /SL /SL / westfield.co.nz/stlukes Desire to make a difference Advocating hope: Christie Smith and Niharika Puri both have a keen interest in travelling around Europe and love the same bands. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By HANNAH SPYKSMA ' It is really just about having the desire to make a difference. ' Volunteer Niharika Puri A love for arts, travel and writing are the con- necting threads which brought two central Auckland residents to- gether two years ago. Christie Smith and Niharika Puri are one of 43 pairs from around the city celebrating 20 years of Citizen Advocacy this weekend. Ms Puri volunteers with the organisation, which aims to connect advocates willing to give up a little of their time to support members of the community with an intel- lectual disability -- known as proteges. Citizen Advocacy man- ager Ana-Maria de Vos says the concept focuses on changing the status of people with an intellec- tual disability within our community. It's about ensuring that people have access to lifestyles and opportunities that anyone would find desir- able''. The partnerships are aimed at helping the protege in any aspect of their life they wish. It is really just about having the desire to make a difference,'' says Ms Puri, who is a masters student at Auck- land University. For Ms Smith the focus has been on short story writing, which is one of her passions. The duo is working on getting a writing tutor for Ms Smith, so she can work towards having her stories published. Citizen Advocacy board secretary Liz McAneny has been an advocate for 11 years. She says her relation- ship with her protege is based on offering support if and when it is needed. She is a strong battler but every now and then she needs an extra set of ears. The whole organis- ation is driven by the people involved, there's no formula -- we don't start out by saying you have to operate in a cer- tain way.'' Formed in 1990, the independent community group based in Khyber Pass is the only surviving Citizen Advo- cacy centre in Auckland. The weekend's 20th anniversary celebrations will include guest speakers from Australia. The get-together will also be a chance for advocates and proteges to share their stories and experiences. Citizen Advocacy is offering free training for anyone interested in becoming an advocate. Visit www.caauckland. org.nz or call Ms de Vos on 358-4141 for more information.
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