Central Leader : January 28th 2011
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HEALTH Diploma in Health Promotion Certificate in Community Health Work Certificate in Pacific Community Health Work NURSING Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Nursing Pacific* Diploma in Enrolled Nursing* *Pending approval StarJam man changes lives By MICHELLE COOKE Changing kids' lives: Roy Bartlett has been nominated for the Senior New Zealander of the Year award for his work at StarJam, which offers disabled kids the opportunity to be stars. Photo: MICHELLE COOKE THE countless success stories that have come out of StarJam make the thousands of volunteer hours worth- while for founder Roy Bartlett. He and his wife Julie established StarJam in 2002. Julie woke up one morning and said: I have this idea and I want to do it before I leave the planet','' Mr Bartlett says. StarJam offers disabled kids the opportunity to perform and nine years on it has become a phenom- enal success''. We don't think there is anything quite like it in the world,'' Mr Bart- lett says. The Orakei resident is the man- agement, transport and fundraising volunteer'' and fills many other roles. His work with the charity and his 30-year dedication to community work is why Roy has been nomi- nated as Senior New Zealander of the Year. For the last 30 years he's worked for the MS Society, Home and Fam- ily, the Alzheimer's Foundation and other community organisations -- all while battling multiple sclerosis. It was while he was on a trip with Julie in Mexico hunting for a cure that she came up with the idea. He says StarJam is such a suc- cess because of cases such as the child who spoke after weeks of silence and the mum who said the stress in her life had diminished since her child started StarJam. It changes kids' lives.'' StarJam teaches dance, singing, guitar and drumming during the school term and has one big per- formance at the end of the year and smaller shows throughout. The performance is the icing on the cake. The workshops are where the magic happens.'' Mr Bartlett says the success is evident -- such as a boy with Aspergers Syndrome leading a blind boy to the table, or the father who was depressed after being made redundant at a job he'd worked at for 30 years. The man went home after watch- ing his child and others during a workshop and felt inspired. He returned to his previous employer and asked for his job back. He ended up with a better one. There are so many benefits we never envisioned,'' Mr Bartlett says. More than 170 youngsters are enrolled with about 60 on the waiting list. To make a dent in that waiting list we need money to make more workshops,'' Roy says. He will find out on Wednesday whether he is the Senior New Zea- lander of the Year. Other finalists are a man from Northland who has served his community for more than 50 years and a woman from Canter- bury who has provided free care to the elderly for more than 30 years. Auckland pair shake it up for Down syndrome By CARLY TAWHIAO The Auckland Down Syn- drome Association has received a helping hand that could make a world of differ- ence. Dedicated world record- chaser Alastair Galpin and endurance athlete Don Purdon selected the charity to benefit from breaking the world handshake record with a time of 33 hours and three minutes. The record was set by the pair in New York's Times Square on January 14. They came first equal with a com- peting couple from Nepal. Mr Galpin was part of the first team to hold the world record in 2006 with a time of nine hours and 19 minutes. It previously stood at 15 hours, 30 minutes -- less than half the time of their winning effort. This was the biggest news story around the world that week,'' says Mr Galpin. It's been incredible. Amazing.'' To prepare for the hand- shaking competition the Pt Chevalier resident wrapped his bare arms in ice packs while shaking a bottle of sandwich spread vigorously all day long. Mr Purdon says his long- distance running experience definitely came in handy. I had about 10 days to train. I've got three kids so was on holiday with the beer, the bach and the barbecue,'' the Ponsonby resident says. Mr Purdon says it was the sleep deprivation that made Team Nepal and Team New Zealand decide to end their handshakes at the same time and share the world record. I feel proud of our achieve- ment. Times Square has the highest foot traffic in the world so there were at least 200 people watching at any one time. The experience was unbelievable.'' Although this is Mr Purdon's first world record, Mr Galpin is second in line to Nepal's Rohit Timilsina for being the greatest Guinness world record breaker of the last decade in a number of unusual disciplines. Auckland Down Syndrome Association spokeswoman Christel van Baalen says the organisation is proud to have been chosen by the pair, with proceeds still coming through from the event which was broadcast across the world. She says money raised from the World's Longest Handshake event could go towards a couple of projects the charity is working on including a well-equipped resource library and com- munity advocates. Visit www.shakinghistory. com to pledge a donation or view the event. See the grand finale of the event at www.centralleader. co.nz.
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