Eastern Courier : May 18th 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 18, 2011 NEWS We recommend: Lease cars welcome Firestone Howick 115 Vincent Street. Phone 537 3865 Find us here Vincent St Rodney St Wellington St Picton St Moore St Elliott St Union Rd Ridge Rd Save up to 5.7% of your fuel cost. Please visit www.firestone.co.nz for more information. *Product independently tested in accordance with ADR 81/02 on two identical 2009 Corolla Ascents fitted withtyresize195/65R1591H.ActualfuelconsumptionandCO2emissionsdependonfactorssuchastraffic conditions, vehicle condition and driving style. Ecopia tyre comparison performed against conventional tyres. BridgestoneEcopiacar tyres travel further with thesameforceapplied, all without compromising wetbraking.Infact, independent tests show fuelsavingsofupto5.7%*. 372026 3 Westpac New Zealand Limited ouldn't it be great if you didn't have to repeat yourself ? WES0655EC_1 Footprints of your baby to treasure A lasting memory: Sands Manukau co-ordinator Sarah Numan, left, and FlutterBubs managing director Emma Harper are combining their efforts to launch a first footprints kit for the families of stillborn babies. Photos: MELISSA KINEALY By MELISSA KINEALY Prints to keep: The baby memorial inkless print kit alongside prints of hands and feet from a 30-week stillborn baby. Mothers who ve had a stillborn baby now have a new keepsake to help hold their baby s memory close to their heart. The First Footprints kit was launched on Mother s Day. Emma Harper and her company FlutterBubs are working alongside her friend Sarah Numan to provide the kits for families who have had stillborn babies. Ms Numan is the co- ordinator for Sands Manukau, a support agency for parents, fam- ilies and whanau after the loss of a baby. It also donates free care bags to parents whose baby died from 12 weeks gestation up to a year after birth. The footprint kit will allow families to take prints of their baby s feet and hands without using ink and staining their skin, Mrs Harper says. It s important to the parents not to mark the baby. She started doing kits for healthy newborns through FlutterBubs last October but has started importing the memorial kits from the United States just for Sands Manukau. The print can be scanned or framed or put in the memory box that Sands provides in its care bags. It won t fade or smudge and looks like an ink image, she says. The memorial inkless print kit will now be added to the free care bags which also include a certificate of life, a special memory booklet and a footprint candle. They are given to grieving families at Middlemore Hospital and across south Auck- land. It s absolutely awe- some, Ms Numan says of the new kits that replace the traditional ink pad. I have two babies buried with black hands and feet from the ink - I only wish this was around earlier, the Pakuranga resident says. Sands Manukau relies on donations to distrib- ute around 200 care bags ayearatacostof $13,000. Call 0900 SANDS (72-637) to make an automatic $20 donation. Visit www.sands manukau.com for contact details and further information on its support services.
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