Eastern Courier : November 19th 2010
5 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 NEWS Operation Heal thanks readers for support OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust The money is rolling in -- but there s still a way to go. Operation Heal aims to raise $200,000 to buy a high tech operating microscope for the National Burn Centre. The equipment will be used for much needed plastic and reconstructive surgery designed to help patients get their lives back on track. The Eastern Courier is part of the Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust. We launched Operation Heal earlier this month and have been overwhelmed by the level of public support from our readers -- your cheques, cash and text donations are much appreci- ated. Trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch and his wife Janice kicked things off with a $10,000 contribution that has just been matched with a cheque for the same amount from the Hugh Green Chari- table Trust. Spokesman John Green challenges other busi- nesses to do the same. Corporate and other organ- isations can also get on board by purchasing a table at the charity fundraising dinner being held on December 3 at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre as part of the campaign. The evening starts at 7.30pm and will include live and silent auctions as well as music from the band Black Salt. The guest speaker will be Prime Minister John Key who will be interviewed on stage by Paul Holmes. Diners will enjoy a superb meal with complimentary beer from Lion Breweries and fine wine from Glengarry in a festive atmosphere. Tickets cost $1850 + GST for atable of10or$185+ GST per person. Call Shandall on 531-5910 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No funding makes learning harder By MATT BOWEN Learning the lingo: English tutor Sheryl Simpson hopes government interference won't stop her English as a second language classes. Photo: MATT BOWEN User pays has come to the Highland Park Community House. New immigrants keen to grasp the English language have enjoyed a free course at the council-funded facility for years until the government intervened. Sheryl Simpson has tutored the small classes twice weekly since 2002. She says there s a huge demand especially from eld- erly migrants from China and Taiwan. It s the people that are going to lose out, Mrs Simp- son says. It would be sad if there was nothing in the area that can replace what we ve been doing. The community house covered course costs until 2006 when the Southern Institute of Technology stepped in and contracted the National Technology Insti- tute to provide academic sup- port. SIT has been told, your core work is in the southland area, leave it to the Auckland polytechs to provide this sort of thing, Ntech director of studies Rogan Falla says. But none of them provides that type of course where you go a couple of times a week and do the majority at home, she says. Mrs Falla says migrants often arrive with valuable skills but find their English isn t good enough for poten- tial employers in that area. Courses such as this help breach that gap, she says. Mrs Simpson is now work- ing with the community house committee to find a way forward. The next 17-week course could come with a $400 price tag to cover costs. Committee member Van- essa Easton says she ll do everything she can to keep it going. There are so many people out there who go down to the supermarket and they don t understand how to get grocer- ies or catch the bus -- this is where Sheryl fits in, she says. The community house at 47 Aviemore Drive is open from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday.
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