Eastern Courier : November 3
12 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 NEWS LIFESTYLE & RURAL | Papakura 298 8029 4 2 21 2 3 1 2 Health camp revamp Time for a change: Lucy, 12, is staying at the Pakuranga Healthcare Camp that is set to be upgraded early next year. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By KRISTINA RAPLEY At-risk children will be the ones to benefit from a $250,000 refurbishment. Te Puna Whaiora, The Children s Health Camp Foundation, is funding the improvements set to take place at Pakuranga Healthcare Camp in Half Moon Bay. They provide camp stays and community- based support for around 360 vulnerable children aged five to 12 each year. Children experiencing serious health, education or welfare inequalities stay at the centre for six weeks and are offered specific care as well as schooling. Pakuranga Regional Manager Pene Frost says the refurbishment will be fantastic for the chil- dren and the families they work with. We are really delighted that we will have brand new furni- ture in all of the children s areas. We are creating a more comfortable environment with chil- dren being accorded the respect and care they deserve with wonderful new things, she says. The centre was pur- pose built seven years ago after the old site nearby was demolished. All of the furniture, equipment and bedding was taken from the old site and most of it had been donated second hand. There will be new beds and bedding, furniture, paint, blinds and bed- room partitions in the children s dormitories. The parents unit will also be re-done and office spaces will be refurbished. Work is set to start in the new year and be ready for their first in- take of children in February.
November 5th 2010