Eastern Courier : December 15th 2010
3 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 15, 2010 NEWS www.thejollyrogerpub.co.nz 09 536 6535 Friday 17th Live music Merry Christmas The Jolly Roger and Staff would like to wish all of our patrons a Very Merry Christmas !! 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Mr Brown says the use of CCTV is a proved tool in solving crime and making people feel safer. The review will be completed by March. Christmas boxes People having a hard time this year will receive a little box of cheer this weekend. Elim Christian Centre's annual Christmas Box Appeal has raised enough money to send out 300 boxes filled with goodies to go to those in need this season. People nominate a person they know in the community who is having a hard time, whether it is a job loss, bereavement or personal crisis. A box is delivered to their door a week before Christmas to spread some cheer and make their Christmas a little bit easier. Large boxes are valued at $230, smaller ones $130, and they include items like ham, strawberries and cream, decorations, and snacks and treats. Church member Silas Siew and his bible study group have managed to raise $4400 which adds 19 large boxes and 33 small boxes to the tally. Breast screening The Breast Screen Counties Manukau mobile unit will be in town to ensure easy access to a potentially life- saving test. The mobile unit will be in Highland Park from January 10 to February 4 and at the Howick Club on Botany Rd from May 7 to 14. Breast Screening is free for all women aged 45 to 69. Call 0800-270-200 for an appointment. Early detection is the best protection against breast cancer Go to www.healthpoint.co.nz. Wong resigns from Parliament seat Botany MP Pansy Wong has quit Parliament following claims that she and her hus- band Sammy misused her international travel perk. A parliamentary inquiry found Mrs Wong's husband had abused her taxpayer- funded travel perk for a busi- ness trip to China but cleared her of more serious wrongdo- ing. But Labour had con- tinued to raise questions and the spectre of an inquiry by the auditor general hangs over her. Mrs Wong said yesterday that it was my decision'' and her resignation was effective from January 17 next year. I have not taken it lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to step down,'' she says. Mrs Wong says it was a privilege to be the MP for Botany and she thanked her constituents for their sup- port. She says it was quite a relief'' to have made the decision and the impact on her family had weighed on her conscience''. I have timed my resig- nation to ensure that the byelection will not impact on the holiday break of my Bot- any constituents,'' Mrs Wong says. Party whips have con- firmed there will be a byelec- tion, however no date has been set. It is understood Labour plans to make fresh claims about the Wongs' use of the allowance for trips to China. Labour MP Pete Hodgson has claimed Sammy Wong conducted personal business on some of the trips, which is banned under Parliament's rules. -- Fairfax Media Rotary are good sports Full of soul: Community volunteer Gill Bellamy, left, and Rotarian Denise Traill are behind an initiative to provide sports shoes to children who can't afford them. Photo: FIONA GOODALL IT'S A case of helping out -- Boots 'n All. The Rotary Club of Somerville-Howick has started up the Boots 'n All community project to support young people getting into sports. One of our members is a secondary school teacher and he saw a number of kids not playing sport because they didn't have the footwear,'' Rotarian Denise Traill says. The service group came up with the initiative to collect second-hand sports shoes and spruce them up for students in need. They are also collecting financial donations to provide funds for specific clothing, equipment, and fees. As a marching and netball coach Mrs Traill has seen the need first-hand. We can all think of really talented kids in our sports teams that never went on because they couldn't afford the fees of a rep team.'' A fundraising project will be run each year for the fund. A collection bin put in three local schools for a two-week period drew about 100 pairs of shoes. They will be cleaned and given new laces where necessary. Collections are planned for next year at other schools. Mrs Traill says schools have been very supportive and all those approached have wanted to help out. There is a collection bin at the Howick police station for anyone who has old shoes to drop off. To make a donation or to apply for assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027-271-9915.
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