Central Leader : January 21st 2010
5 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 21, 2011 NEWS Turn your special qualities into a rewarding career in social work, mental health or counselling at Manukau Institute of Technology. Bachelor of Applied Social Work Certificate in Social Services National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) National Certificate in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) Diploma in Counselling (General or Young People specialisations available) Make helping others a rewarding career APPLY NOW FOR FEBRUARY 2011 Contact us now for a complete list of programmes or more information. Faculty of Education and Social Sciences 0800 62 62 52 | www.manukau.ac.nz 7566 000105 subs SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES 3056961AP Visit our showroom: 12/318 Beach Haven Road Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm www.fonko.co.nz MITSUBISHI H.I INVERTER HEAT PUMPS & AIR CONDITIONERS No. 1 leading Mitsubishi H.I installer in Auckland 2006-2010 Mitsubishi Inverters From $2,299 Inc. GST and installation - 5 year warranty High energy rating - low running costs PH: 0800 4 FONKO (0800 4 36656) for a FREE quote SPRING SPECIALS $200 CASHBACK ON ALL MODELS (offer extended until 30th October 2010) WINZ fire The Dominion Rd branch of Work and Income New Zealand has been left relatively unscathed after a person tried to set fire to it earlier this week. Fire Service northern communications shift manager Scott Osmond says they were called to WINZ shortly before 10pm on Monday night. Police were also called. A window had been smashed and a fire started. It was out on arrival but there was smoke in the building and so it was ventilated.'' Fire safety officer Rus- sell Dickson believes only one person is involved. Trip to Ethiopia is an eye-opener Special meeting: Hillsborough resident Sonia Maugham had the chance to travel to Ethiopia late last year to meet Dinkayehu, a teenage girl who was aged six when she became a sponsor child. By RHIANNON HORRELL Sonia Maugham feels lucky to call New Zea- land home after a chance to travel to Ethiopia late last year to visit the child she sponsors there. The Hillsborough resi- dent spent about a week in the developing African nation and was able to meet Dinkayehu, who was aged six when Ms Maugham became her sponsor. I phoned Tear Fund and asked them to choose the neediest child. The first thought I had when I received her pic- ture was that I would never be able to visit her in Ethiopia. It is funny how life can take you on a journey that makes it happen. Ethiopia is not a country that most New Zealanders get to go to. I was blown away. Never in a million years did I dream that I would get to visit her. It's a very peaceful and lovely country.'' Ms Maugham has sponsored Dinkayehu for 12 years. She spent sev- eral hours with her but felt it was important not to intrude on her life too much. Meeting after all these years was quite surreal and I was relieved that I instantly recognised her. After meeting Dinkayehu, she ran inside to fetch a doll that I had sent money to buy for her birthday when she was young. Although she had grown out of playing with dolls it obviously had senti- mental value for her.'' Ms Maugham noticed a big change from the six-year-old girl in photos. Dinkayehu looks much like any other reg- ular teenager you would see but she does live in humble circumstances.'' Dinkayehu's mother lives in Addis Abeba, the Ethiopian capital, where she works as a cleaner and sends money home. Dinkayehu lives with her grandmother and younger brother and their home is a mud- brick house with two rooms, a couple of chairs, a table and a bed for their grandmother. One of the most impacting things about the trip for me was that sponsorship does work. For instance, she con- tracted malaria when she was younger. Many children die from malaria but she is alive today because she was in the programme and got the necessary medicine,'' Ms Maugham says. She hopes other Auck- landers will also get a chance to visit the chil- dren they sponsor.
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