Eastern Courier : November 17th 2010
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, November 17, 2010 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust proudly present their WE NEED YOUR HELP to help the National Burn Centre An ideal way to entertain clients and staff while supporting a very worthy cause. With special guest speaker The Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister who will be interviewed on stage by Paul Holmes CNZM. Your MC - Kerre Woodham, with entertainment by Ewen Gilmour and dance the night away with Black Salt. Includes superb three course dinner and complimentary drinks. All proceeds to the National Burn Centre. Friday 3 December From 7.30pm at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre Tickets are $1850+gst for a table of 10. BOOK NOW! Phone Shandall on 09-531-5910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Fake notes warning By NICOLA WILLIAMS Be alert: Dan Thompson with examples of counterfeit money. He says he is following strong leads in the case. Photo: FIONA GOODALL BE on alert -- fake cash is doing the rounds. The number of people coming across counterfeit notes has prompted a warn- ing to anyone handling money to be on guard. Private investigator Dan Thompson says he has some strong leads in tracking down the culprits. Seven incidents have been reported in the area in the past week, Mr Thompson says. It is an offence to know- ingly pass on a fake note so if one is found it should be handed to police with as much information about where it came from as poss- ible. Producing or being in pos- session of counterfeit money comes with a penalty of up to 10 years in jail. Some of the fake notes have the clear plastic window but without the number indicating the value. The circulation of counter- feit money comes and goes in waves and started as soon as they invented colour copy machines , Mr Thompson says. Hospitality workers should be particularly vigilant because offenders find the notes easier to pass off in busy environments like bars where there isn t as much lighting around the till, he says. Staff are running flat out and may not take the time to check each one. The fake notes are $20 and $100 bills. One note looked and felt normal but a closer look showed the colour was darker and the plastic windows raised slightly. Police should be advised immediately after a fake note is received. Howick inspector Jacqui Whittaker says people should jot down a description of the people handing over counterfeits, the location, car registration numbers if poss- ible and any other details that might help to identify the person. Mrs Whittaker says people should handle the fake notes as little as possible by putting them in a plastic cover or bag. To contact Howick police phone 538-0300 if you have any information. Abigail the face of Operation Heal campaign Little battler: Abigail Josey and her dad Steve OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust She is the face of Operation Heal. Abigail Josey was just three when she received third degree burns to her back. Today she is a happy 13-year-old living a relatively normal life. Proud mum Tracey says Abigail doesn t let her past get her down -- despite the scarring caused by a pot of boiling potatoes. She s only really conscious of it when she swims, the mother of seven says. There was an occasion when she was called names by some children who d heard about what had happened but hadn t even seen her back. Abigail just makes sure she wears a t-shirt over the top of her togs -- she doesn t want to draw attention to it. The Joseys were living in Whangarei when Abigail was injured. They had given notice to their landlord and were preparing for a shift to Tauranga where father Steve had signed up for a training course. Their world was turned upside down in a matter of moments. My husband still had to go down and find us a house, Tracey says. Meanwhile I was in hospital with Abigail and our other children were being looked after by my parents. There is no easy way to get around that sort of thing. But you just have to keep going even though it feels like things have all come to a grinding halt. Abigail was transferred to the National Burn Unit in Auckland after a week and spent a month in the care of its staff. She wore pressure garments to aid her recovery for nearly a year. It all seems a long time ago now. But Tracey will never forget how traumatic and painful the exercise was for everyone and urges all East- ern Courier readers to get behind Operation Heal and its efforts to raise money for the unit. The fundraiser is being run by the Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust. Donations will go towards a high tech microscope used by surgeons to help get people like Abigail on the mend. I ve always said that something like this could happen to anybody. Raising money for this equipment is achievable if everybody gives just a little bit. Then it will be there for the benefit of our whole community. Donations to Operation Heal can be made at Eastern Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau 2013 or posted dir- ect to; Operation Heal, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Or text HEAL to 4740 for a $3 donation. Top burn surgeon puts patients first P3.
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