Eastern Courier : February 25th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 NEWS SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES 122 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park Ph 533 0218 Don't wait contact us now -- limited spaces available • Make Roackabye your first choice in childcare. • We offer a warm, well resourced environment for children aged 0-5 years. • Our qualified staff provide incrediable opportunities for your child to grow and learn. • At Rockabye the children are very well prepared to make the transition to school - Education Review Office (ERO), February 2011. Fantastic Childcare EVERY SATURDAY 6PM -- MIDNIGHT 200 Amazing stalls • Food, Fashion, Fun 50 Authentic food stalls cooking up tasty "street snacks" and delicacies from around the world Free live entertainment. (All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz Red Puppy volunteers Volunteers are urgently needed for the Red Puppy appeal. The appeal from April 1 to 3 raises vital funds for the Royal New Zea- land Foundation of the Blind s guide dog ser- vices. Guide dogs provide hundreds of blind and partially sighted New Zealanders with the means and confidence to get around indepen- dently and safely, chief executive Sandra Budd says. Go to www.redpuppy. org.nz or call 0800-120- 254 to volunteer for the appeal. Light in darkest hours On call: Trish Heikoop attends to victims at the drop of a hat in their time of need. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS IN THE darkest of hours Victim Support volunteers give a little light. Trish Heikoop has been doing just that for four years and averages about 10 hours a week. I saw an ad and when I delved into it I realised what a huge amount they do, the Pakuranga resident says. When my husband died 20 years ago there was nothing like this sup- port available, so I thought maybe I could make a difference to some- one. Victim Support volunteers get called to incidents like sudden deaths, homicides, road accidents or domestic violence. Mrs Heikoop says she doesn t let the nature of the jobs faze her but when children are involved it s tough. There s a job to be done and while you have empathy for the people you just do the job you are there to do. You can walk into a situation of chaos and feel a few hours later when you ve left that you ve at least got things on to an even keel, imparted the knowledge you ve got and at least got people started on their road. Victim Support co-ordinator Melissa Martin says feedback about Mrs Heikoop is great. Victims phone and say they couldn t have got through that with- out her being there. She s just there for people when they are at the lowest point. Over the years Mrs Heikoop has met some really awesome people. I have thought it s a shame we have had to meet under those cir- cumstances. To see their progress and see them working through what s a really awful time for them is wonderful. Howick Victim Support needs about 10 new volunteers. Ms Martin says the incredibly rewarding role is vital. She says having someone attend an incident with the knowledge of the next steps a victim needs to take is invaluable, it restores some con- trol for them . The main prerequi- site for a volunteer is empathy. Go to www.victimsupport.org.nz for information. Join in the fun at Round the Bays There s still time to get yourself pre- pared for the 39th Ports of Auck- land Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The event is famous for attracting individuals of all ages and abilities, as well as hundreds of team and family entries. And it s all for a good cause. One of the principal sponsors is Fairfax Media, publisher of the Eastern Courier. Spokeswoman Sandra King says beneficiaries will include Kidney Kids, Koru Care, the Waitemata Harbour Clean-Up Trust and Fairfax First Books. She says Fairfax employees will be among those putting their best feet forward on the day. This race has the ultimate feel good factor -- our Fairfax team members feel great for getting out and racing -- and they feel even bet- ter knowing that their contribution benefits children s charities. Entries remain open until moments before the race starts and many participants will celebrate with family, friends and colleagues at one of the 550 barbecue sites set up at the end of the course route. All the sites at Madills Farm have sold out but a few remain available to book at Glover Park. The race day entry fee is $10 for children (16 and under) and $15 for adults. Go online to www.roundthebays.co. nz for more information.
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