Central Leader : January 11th 2013
www.centralleader.co.nz 5 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 11, 2013 NEWS GET UP AND PORTS OF AUCKLAND ROUND THE BAYS 2013 SUNDAY 10TH MARCH GET A STEP AHEAD Download a training schedule from roundthebays.co.nz World Aids Day a success Fundraising efforts for World Aids Day 2012 raised the highest proceeds for the past six years. The annual street appeal rallied more than 100 volun- teers who collected money for the event which is recognised globally on December 1. Combined efforts from the Auckland-based New Zea- land Aids Foundation and HIV peer support groups Body Positive, Positive Women and INA saw more than $38,000 raised for the cause. This figure is $6000 more than the previous year, and the highest amount raised since 2006. Aids Foundation executive director Shaun Robinson says the final tally reflects the level of support for the four organisations as well as their collective success in raising awareness about HIV . The theme for 2012 World Aids Day was Getting to Zero -- reflecting a goal towards zero new HIV diag- nosis, zero Aids deaths and zero discrimination. Chinese traditions explained The culture and traditions of ancient China will be pres- ented in a free lecture next week. Sik-Wai Tsoi from The Falun Dafa Association will explain the development of Chinese culture over the last 5000 years, such as the evol- ution from martial arts to dance. Mr Tsoi says since ancient times China has been known as The Land of the Divine , referring to a place where the divine and mortals once coexisted. He says these days that sense of history is somewhat lost. The lecture precedes a dance and music perform- ance portraying the divinely inspired culture , which will be held in February by the association. The presentation on Chinese Civilisation of 5000 years will take place on January 18 from 6.30pm at St Albans Church, 443 Dominion Rd, Balmoral. For reservations and inquiries contact Mr Tsoi at email@example.com or phone 021 166 4602. Girls join Dad on 100km charity walk By JOE DAWSON Big challenge: Ken Wells with twin daughters Sophia, left, and Maiya. The trio will be walking 100km to raise money for Child Cancer. Photo: JOE DAWSON The summer of 2013 will be one to remember for the Wells family, but not for the usual reasons of sun, sand and surf. Three members of the One Tree Hill family will spend Auckland Anniversary Day going for walk with a difference. Ken Wells and his twin daughters Maiya and Sophia plan to knock off 100km to raise money for Child Cancer. They will be suppor- ted by wife and mum Aud- rey. Each time Mr Wells ushers in a new decade he sets himself a challenge to mark the significant occasion. It is also an oppor- tunity to tie in some charity work and give something back to the community. Last time around, when Mr Wells reached 50, the kendo (Japanese martial art) practitioner persuaded his clubmates to join him in an endurance challenge com- prising 20 hours of kendo training and went on to raise $9000 for the charity. Now knocking on the door of 60 he decided the 100km walk would be his next goal. He was initially going to go it alone but soon found willing partners in the form of 12-year-old daughters Maiya and Sophia. I m turning 60 this month and I wanted to do some- thing else and the girls said can we be a part of it , Mr Wells says. We re aiming to do it in 24 hours, but with kids and a relaxed pace it might be 26 hours, he says. Depending on how they re feeling on the day Maiya and Sophia may call it quits before the full 100km but if their training walks so far are anything to go by they have a good chance of going the distance. The girls might do 75km but if they re up to it we ll keep walking. Before Christmas the walkers had already com- pleted distances of 20, 35, 50 and 60 kilometres and train- ing was to continue through- out the holiday. We ve seen lots of parts of Auckland you don t normally see, we choose different parts of the city to walk around. The final walk will be done in Christchurch, where they will start the trek at the air- port and finish at Akaroa. It s an unusual thing for children to find themselves doing over the holiday, let alone volunteering for, but Maiya says they were both keen from the start and needed no convincing. Sophia and I are always doing stuff outside, we ve never been the kids to sit inside and watch TV, she says. We like challenges and we re really looking forward to it. The team will also be joined by Mr Wells mate Louis Segedin. Mr Wells chose Child Can- cer as the recipient of his efforts last time after Mr Segedin s daughter became terminally ill with the dis- ease and has stuck with the same charity this time. The family had managed to get pledges of $3000 before Christmas and is hop- ing to get a few more. ChildCancer is to set up an account if anyone wishes to sponsor the walkers.
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