Central Leader : December 1st 2010
www.centralleader.co.nz Wednesday, December 1, 2010 It's not too late for new dentures before Christmas. Plus receive $150 off all our services during December. Call us for your free consultation. Easy off-street parking 4/6 Arawa St, Grafton Ph 368 5793 PM says your help's the Key for burn victims The National Burn Centre at Middlemore Hospital and regional burn units around the country provide vital healthcare for many New Zealanders. They make a real differ- ence to the patients they treat and I d like to thank them for the good work that they do. I am delighted that the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is teaming up in sup- port of the National Burn Centre. Operation Heal is seeking to raise $200,000 for a special high-tech microscope, which would be used in reconstructive and plastic surgery for burns patients. Despite the tough econ- omic conditions, the govern- ment is spending more on health. In Budget 2010, we boosted funding for health by $2.1 billion High-tech medical equip- ment is very expensive so it s great when local communi- ties get involved in fundraising. This is your chance to make an extra con- tribution and help patients of the National Burn Centre. I encourage you to show your support by making a donation to the fund. -- Prime Minister John Key Working with burn patients P2 Hear John Key online at www.centralleader. co.nz The season to give By RHIANNON HORRELL Christmas smiles: Children from Balmoral's Safe Kids In Daily Supervision programme are getting in behind the Central Leader and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. From left: Ana-Grace Somerfield, Isabelle Pawley and Ben Hammon. Photo: JASON OXENHAM SMILES, positivity and hope is what Christmas is all about and Aucklanders are being urged to do their bit to help families in need. The Central Leader and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal is in full swing to col- lect brand new toys, gifts and household items for those who cannot afford them. Kingsland s Framework Trust has been creating wooden toys to donate and now Auckland Skids centres -- Safe Kids in Daily Super- vision -- are getting on board too. Balmoral programme man- ager Evelyn Padeti says it s important to instil a sense of generosity. They know they have more than other kids. Each of them has a big heart. About 25 children are involved in the after-school programme and Ms Padeti is encouraging them to donate items. Eight-year-old Alex Du Plessis knows what she would like for Christmas. I want a trampoline, she says. Isabelle Pawley, 12, is care- fully considering how to help the appeal. I ll bring in toys and things, and probably the kind of toys that we enjoy because then I m sure other children would appreciate them too. Brand new gifts are being sought instead of pre-loved items to ensure children receive at least one new pres- ent. The recession has hit some people s pockets and so we appreciate that the kids have been happy to get behind a community project like this, Skids director of operations Bev Parsons says. Salvation Army welfare team leader Jason Dilger says the organisation is gear- ing up for its Christmas response. We are beginning to reshape our office at this time to accommodate the toys and food we have available for hampers and gifts. We find that we are often short of gifts for teens, especially boys. Grooming products like hair gel and deodorant and the like are great gifts for our male teens. Mr Dilger says the Sal- vation Army is also grateful to Skids. The message of helping others in need within our community is such a valuable one to be teaching our children at primary age and onwards. The Christmas appeal runs until December 8, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-5419 to get involved. Brand new gifts can be dropped to the Central Leader office at Unit 1-3, 72 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden. Gifts can also be dropped off to Skids centres around Auck- land at Balmoral Primary School, Bayfield Primary, Grey Lynn Primary, Halsey Drive School, Hillsborough Primary, Marist School- Herne Bay, Mt Albert Pri- mary, Oranga School or Te Papapa School. Visit www.skids.co.nz for details or call the head office on 576-6602 to arrange a collection.
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