Central Leader : February 9th 2011
10 CENTRAL LEADER, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 NEWS PORSE Onehunga 0800 023 456 w w w.PORSE.co.nz Stay at home with your baby and earn an income as aHomeEducatorwithPORSE! Caring for another baby or young child in your own home, you will be supported by the PORSE Programme and have access to: • Workshops and social events with other educators • Programme options with the children in your care, eg PlaySchools, music groups and outings • The PORSE Educator website for resources • Regular home visits from our Programme Team to support you with new learning and play ideas. If you consider yourself motivated and nurturing, with a positive attitude and would like to work with PORSE to nurture and educate children in your care then we'd love to talk to you today! Home Educators Needed A0833-HE Attention mums at home! TravelWise WEEK 2011 AUCKLAND | 21st - 25th MARCH 2011 21st -- 25th March 2011 is TravelWise week! A great chance to get fit and have fun! Schools, sign up now for TravelWise Week and be in to win great prizes!* Parents and children, why not cycle, walk or use public transport to and from school? Over 54,000 students, parents and teachers took part in the TravelWise Week challenge last year. To celebrate TravelWise Week 2011, Auckland Transport is giving away 3 great bikes as prizes, each to the value of $500! Simply answer the following question and enter our prize draw competition. What are three eco-friendly ways you can travel to school? Please email your answer to competition@travelwise. org.nz including your full name, address and email address. Answers need to be received by 11th March 2011. Prize draw will take place on Friday 18th March 2011 and the first three correct answers will win the prizes. Entrants must be NZ residents and there can only be one entry per person. For terms and conditions please refer to website www.travelwise.org.nz/newsandevents. To sign up to TravelWise Week visit www.travelwise.org.nz/rsvp. Sign up before 14th February 2011. TravelWise Week is back! Competition Answer the question correctly and be in the draw to WIN A BIKE! Find out more: 09 355 3553 Or visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz TWCOMP * Schools with the highest participants, will win some great prizes. Visit http://www.travelwise.org.nz/Schools/ for more information. Lucky escape from Egypt's turmoil By VANITA PRASAD Can't return: Jodi and John Powell can't go back to Egypt because it is too dangerous. Photo: VANITA PRASAD John Powell jokingly told co- workers that things would go downhill when he left Egypt to come home to New Zealand for a summer holiday. He had no idea the country was about to face a violent political upheaval and his family would be unable to return. Mr Powell has been living and working in Egypt for 18 months along with his wife Jodi and their daughter Isa- bella. The Kiwi couple came home for Christmas and have been staying with Mrs Powell s family. The family was due to return to Egypt earlier this month but the deteriorating political situation and increasing violence meant it was too dangerous. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets with pro and anti- President Hosni Mubarak factions clashing. Mr Powell says no one could have predicted what was about to happen. No one saw it coming -- not even the president. Former Avondale resident Mrs Powell says they are thankful they escaped the clashes. Where we lived there s a council building where people take their complaints so if we were home we d be right in the thick of it. It s a blessing that we got out, she says. She says it would be diffi- cult to get out of Egypt now. Cairo airport is very small so it would have been chaos. They have left behind her jewellery business, their home and their possessions but they are more concerned for the people there. We ve been in touch with our nanny and our house- keeper. Everyone has gone into hiding. Mrs Powell says she would like to return to Egypt because it s home for her two- year-old daughter Isabella. I think she is missing our nanny. I know I am. Mr Powell says while they are frustrated that they can t return, they are excited for the Egyptian people. Egypt is a country which is run-down and tired from years of government corrup- tion, he says. There s so much that needs to be fixed, he says. He says it s extraordinary that people are protesting in such large numbers. They are a very docile people. It s not like New Zea- land, you can t just go out and protest. If you protest in Egypt the police will pick you up and you ll be taken to jail instantly, he says. To see a million people on the street, including the moderates -- it means that this is truly a time for change. The family will be moving to Qatar for now but Mr Pow- ell is optimistic that the tur- moil in Egypt will calm down and they will be able to return. Precious gift for newborns A $500,000 donation from a New Zealand businessman is set to make all the difference to a charity which helps care for babies in devel- oping countries. Philanthropist Hugh Green has gifted the money to Medicine Mondiale, Sir Ray Avery s charity for the development of an affordable high-tech, robust, neonatal incu- bator. Sir Ray says Mr Green is battling cancer but wants to make sure he can help make the world a better place. Go to www.central leader.co.nz to watch footage of protestors clashing in the streets of Cairo.
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