Eastern Courier : April 22nd 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, April 22, 2011 You have done it! The high-tech Operation Heal microscope is here OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust DONOR FEEDBACK Team effort: With the new microscope, from left: Eastern Courier reporter Nicola Williams, Counties Manukau DHB chief medical officer Dr Don Mackie, surgeon Dr Alissandra Canal, Counties Manukau DHB chief executive officer Geraint Martin, surgeon Dr Meredith Simcock, Suburban Newspapers general manager David Penny, surgeon Richard Wong She, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch. CONGRATULATIONS to all our readers -- you ve done it! A new high-tech operating microscope has arrived in the country for use in the National Burn Centre at Middlemore Hos- pital. It was bought with proceeds from Operation Heal -- a fundraising initiative promoted by the Eastern Courier as a key player in the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust. Our readers joined others right across the region to give gener- ously to the appeal during the lead-up to Christmas. Cheques, cash and text donations, combined with a charity fundraising dinner, resulted in a final tally of $230,000. That s a phenomenal amount, trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch says. This microscope will change the lives of so many New Zealand- ers. It will allow surgeons to carry out incredibly intricate recon- structive and plastics surgery quicker and better than ever before. Anything we can do to help get burn patients back on their feet hasgottobegoodandIamjustso grateful to everyone for getting behind us on this. Future beneficiaries will include people like Abigail Josey -- the little girl who became the face of our campaign along with her dad Steve. She was just three when she suffered third degree burns to her back after an accident in the kitchen. Abigail s mum Tracey was among those who urged readers to get behind Operation Heal. She is thrilled with the outcome and says the microscope will help get people like her daughter on the mend. We did it, the mother of seven says. I want to thank everyone who worked together to make this happen. Having this equipment will benefit the whole community because nobody knows if or when they might need it. Abigail, who is now 13, spent a week in the National Burn Centre and wore pressure garments to aid her recovery for nearly a year. Tracey will never forget how painful, traumatic and disruptive the exercise was for everyone. You just have to keep going. Even though it feels like things have all come to a grinding halt. Deputy trust chairman and Sub- urban Newspapers general man- ager David Penny thanks readers for backing the campaign. We publish 16 papers between Papakura and Kaikohe and people from every one of those mastheads contributed in some way. Every cent counted and there were cheques ranging from $5 to $10,000. Some of the letters that came with them were truly inspiring and show how deeply Operation Heal touched so many. I think all of our readers can feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved through this campaign. It just shows what a great and caring community we are privileged to live in. He's alive today Wish I could give more A worthy appeal Wonderful work ''I was about 10 when I watched my dear father knock a pot of boiling potatoes over his legs. Now, at 91, I can remember it as if it was yesterday. I wish I could give you more -- but I wish you luck with your appeal.'' ''The article about Abigail brought back some memories. Thirty-seven years ago my son was similarly burnt when his dressing gown caught fire. I can identify with Tracey's comments as to how traumatic the whole experience is for everyone involved and am delighted to support this worthy appeal.'' ''Enclosed is a cheque for $50. My son is 46 and was badly burnt 45 years ago. He wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the burns unit.'' ''Our hearts go out to what you are trying to achieve and we would like to contribute to the best of our ability by enclosing a cheque for $250 in support of the wonderful work your trust is involved in.''
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