Eastern Courier : March 18th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, March 18, 2011 Have we got NEWS for you! News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! Our amazing new online editions take the news into a new dimension. Reads like a newspaper with easy-to-read turning pages -- and packed with extra features that connect you to news like never before. News coverage that puts you on the scene with Turn the page to a new era in local news -- the total multi media news experience! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.easterncourier.co.nz Turn on to our online editions NOW. The latest local news online -- anywhere, anytime. MULTIMEDIA YOUR NEWS One deserving family By KRISTINA RAPLEY Fijian break: Helen Christian's daughter was murdered just before Christmas last year and her co-workers at Botany Downs Kindergarten have entered her into a Facebook competition to win a dream holiday in Fiji. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Facebook photo: This is the photo you'll need to click on to vote for Helen and her family. HOW TO HELP You have to be signed up with Facebook to vote. Go to www.fbcomp.co.nz/ deservingfamilies and scroll through the entries until you find Helen's photo. You can vote every day until March 31. NOTHING will ever heal the pain of losing a child so tragi- cally. But a holiday would be a nice distraction from the day- to-day struggle Helen Christian faces after her daughter was killed during a domestic incident just before Christmas last year. You can help to send her on holiday with just one click of the mouse. Lay Away Holidays is run- ning a Facebook competition to find the most deserving family in New Zealand. Whoever has the most votes will get five nights accommodation at the Fiji Hideaway Resort and airfares for two adults and two chil- dren. Helen's world was turned upside down when a domestic argument led to her 26-year- old daughter Jackie Allister being stabbed to death. Jackie's attacker, partner Ivor Christiansen, 36, then killed himself. Helen is now the fulltime carer for their two-year-old son Sean, and she looks after her daughter's other two chil- dren aged nine and six on week days. The police investigation into the deaths that took place at their Pakuranga home is ongoing. Helen has had little time to grieve for her daughter because her priority has been getting the children back into routines and supporting them emotionally. Sean was only 20 months when it happened and he has little understanding of where his mummy has gone,'' the Botany Downs Kindergarten teacher says. All he understands is that mummyisinaboxandwego and see her. He really clung to me for the first few months. He's always asking to go home so we continue to talk about mummy -- and daddy too.'' Helen's 14-year-old daugh- ter Sarah witnessed the attack on her sister and was the one who called police and is still traumatised. If they win the trip Helen will take Sarah and Jackie's three children, paying for 2-year-old Sean herself. He just loves the water and fish and fishing, he would just absolutely love Fiji,'' Helen says. The kids have never been on a family holiday before so it will be amazing for them,'' she says. Staff at Botany Downs Kin- dergarten entered Helen into the competition and are doing everything they can to get people voting. This could happen to any- one of us. Our lives can be turned upside down in an instant,'' head teacher Bron- wyn Glass says. It's hard to find a way to help her so this is a good way for us to support her, and it doesn't cost anything.''
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