Eastern Courier : March 18th 2011
12 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 18, 2011 NEWS Don't miss this Sunday's... SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. n Black Tuesday - Christchurch bar owner shares his experience n Music and Lyrics - Local musicians hitting paydirt onUSTV n Fashion - Animal passion hits stores n The art of travel - Kiwi creatives' most inspiring destinations n Win one of three Britz Shortbreaks n Get ready to crumble - great pudding recipes from Richard Till WIN a $4,500 fashion hamper in your winter edition of Fashion Front ESCAPE The best of travel, food and wellbeing. March 20, 2011 This popular Christchurch bar was destroyed in the quake. Its owner kept a journal of the days that followed DIARY OF AN EARTHQUAKE Local musicians hitting paydirtonUSTV Backing tracks Meet America's latest comedy swe etheart Aziz Ansari CyclinginHolland: a beginner's guide Uneasy rider Bhupiinder puts safety first By NICOLA WILLIAMS Helping others: Bhupiinder Singh helps to keep students safe on their way to and from school. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Bhupiinder Singh is an ident- ity on Jeffs Rd. The grandfather supervises crossings and directs traffic in the Mission Heights Pri- mary drop-off bay before and after school. I like it because every religion wants to help others,'' he says. Mr Singh is also doing a community service by helping with the safety of students arriving at the school gate. He doesn't have a lot of English but his smile and welcoming greetings cross all cultures. The job is satisfying and gives him a sense of purpose, he says. It gives him self esteem to do something for the school and his grandson,'' principal Veena Vohra says. She says getting involved with the school is a nice way for immigrants to feel assimilated into the com- munity. It's lifted his image in his Sikh community -- he's a very religious man and very com- munity minded.'' Mrs Vohra says he takes the job very seriously and is an asset to the school. Deputy principal Andrew Flanagan says he's a fixture of the school landscape. He's got a big presence on Jeffs Rd, the community greatly respect his decision- making and our students are safer, no question.'' Changing attitudes around driving is something the school is working on through a number of initiatives. We've got a huge car cul- ture here, even people who live 500 metres away are dropping their children off,'' Mr Flanagan says. There is a big stress on the road and our drop-off zones.'' Between the primary school and neighbouring jun- ior college 1000 students need to make their way to the school gates. It does seem there is a large group of people who consider it safer to drop students off, possibly not recognising that in doing so they are making it less safe for other pedestrians,'' Mr Flanagan says. Younger children can join a walking bus or walk with older neighbours. Mrs Vohra says some from the migrant community are not used to the mentality of walking to school. It's getting parents to understand it's okay for their children to walk. They have come from different com- munities and from big cities where it was very unsafe for children to walk.'' Howick police and the Eastern Courier are support- ing the Marching On cam- paign this month to get more children walking to school. Walking provides many benefits. It's better for the environment, improves inde- pendence, social development and fitness and cuts conges- tion outside the school gate. Mission Heights Primary would like more volunteers to supervise crossings. Phone 277-7888 to contact the school. IN BRIEF Buddy Walk The Auckland Down Syndrome Association is holding a Buddy Walk on Sunday. The 3.5km walk at the Tahaki Reserve on Mt Eden Rd is for anyone who has Down Syndrome, knows someone who does, or just wants to show their support. It aims to promote awareness and inclusion for people with Down Syndrome and to raise money. Registration starts at 9am and the walk starts at 10am. Entry is $10 per person or $25 for a family of four, extra children are $5 and under fives are free. For more details go to www.buddywalknz.org or phone 636-0351. Toy donations Refugees escaping Christchurch need our help -- especially the youngsters. The Auckland Anglican Church is aware of about 500 refugees who have arrived in Auckland since the earthquake. Most of these people had arrived in Christchurch as refugees from overseas before the quake. There have been offers of accommodation from the Diocese of Auckland but there are a lot of children without any form of toys or books. If you can donate used toys or books that are in good condition they can be dropped off at the Auckland City Mission, 140 Hobson St, Auckland, between 9am and 7pm. Label the toys ''For Refugees from Christchurch''.
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