Eastern Courier : February 16th 2011
8 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 NEWS BLUES VS CRUSADERS SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 7.35PM, EDEN PARK Travelling to the game this Saturday at Eden Park? There are a number of ways to get there, so have a look below and plan your journey now. Bus. Take advantage of FREE* special event buses to Eden Park from Manukau, Botany, and Pakuranga. Services depart Manukau City Centre (Leyton Way Stop A) at 6.00pm and 6.30pm. These services will run via Botany Town Centre (Main Bus Stop A) and Pakuranga Plaza (Reeves Rd Front Stop) to Eden Park. Train. Trains are also FREE* for game day on all rail lines from 3 hours prior to the game. Simply show your pre-purchased game ticket. Kingsland is the game day station if you're coming from Britomart and for those using the Southern and Eastern lines. Passengers are reminded not to consume alcohol on public transport. For more information about public transport see maxx.co.nz or phone 366 6400. Car. If you are thinking of taking your car there are some important things you need to consider. Road closures and parking restrictions will affect many streets before and after the match. For more information about parking and road closures, see aucklandtransport.govt.nz or call 355 3553. Stay on top of the game, visit: aucklandtransport.govt.nz. Remember to keep your match ticket for the trip home! *For full terms and conditions visit maxx.co.nz These services are funded by Auckland Transport, Auckland Rugby Football Union and Eden Park. Special event bus services are operated by Howick and Eastern Buses. Train services are operated by Veolia Transport. RW_AT0097_EC Lecturers include: Witi Ihimaera, Albert Wendt, Robert Sullivan, Ken Larsen, Sean Sturm. 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THE BIG ISSUES IN EDUCATION What does the Government's $285m cuts to ECE funding mean for your family? ■ Early Childhood Education Cuts Forum ■ 7pm Thursday 17 February ■ Willowbank School, 56 Middlefeld Drive, Howick www.nzei.org.nz Grocers get ready to have a ball for charity Dressed for the occasion: The annual Grocery Charity Ball is coming up. From left: Grocery Charity Ball trustee Karen Kelly, trustee Leanne Carroll, The Hearing House chief executive Scott Johnston, marketing manager Jo Johnstone, fundraising and communications manager Mary Jane Boland and charity ball trustee Don Graham. By RHIANNON HORRELL The bow ties are being adjusted and the glamor- ous dresses are being fit- ted for the eighth annual Grocery Charity Ball. The large-scale event, organised by supermar- ket giants Foodstuffs and Progressive, is planned for August and is aiming to raise $300,000 for The Hear- ing House. The Greenlane-based charity helps hearing- impaired children to listen and speak and the ball will pull together members of the grocery industry for a high-class night of entertainment and fun. The funding will mean The Hearing House can launch innovative new video conference tech- nology to allow access to therapy for those who live in remote or rural areas of New Zealand. Charity chief executive Scott Johnston says the therapy is called Tele AVT or Auditory Verbal Therapy. The problem with early intervention ser- vices is that they are usually based in big cit- ies. We will be delivering therapy which is usually one-on-one. This will allow families to have therapy every week. We re trying to remove inequities of service due to location. Funds raised will also go towards a new mentoring programme for hearing-impaired teenagers. It s making sure teens have the tools to live a mainstream life. They will be able to pursue careers and the mentoring is done by hearing-impaired ad- ults, Hearing House fundraising and com- munications manager Mary Jane Boland says. She says this includes a mentor from Dunedin who has a cochlear implant and is training to become a surgeon. Charity ball trustee Don Graham says last year $270,000 was raised for the Melanoma Foun- dation and he would like to top that figure for The Hearing House. He says there were 62 applications from vari- ous charities and six finalists were picked. What did it for us was that they invited us along to show what they could do. Learning how to speak is like learning how to walk. He says it is particu- larly important for those with cochlear implants to be able to get into the mainstream and take part. It s an awareness we re going to create. The ball is on August 19. Tickets are $295 plus GST per person. See www.grocerycharityball. org for more details. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to watch a video on The Hearing House.
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