Eastern Courier : May 20th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 20, 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 "GIRLS GONE WILD: Are we taking female violence seriously?" n Beastie Boys: You've still got to fight for your right to party n Tagging Out: Why I don't post pictures of my kids online n These pays are ours: A Happy Days lawsuit WIN a luxury holiday to magical Queenstown in our Winter Travel magazine ESCAPE The best of travel, food and wellbeing. GIRLS GONE WILD Arewetakingfemale violence se riously? May 22, 2011 Beastie Boys You've still got to fight foryourrighttoparty Tagging out WhyIdon'tpostpictures of my kid s online These pays are ours A Happy Days lawsuit TRAVELMAY 2011 WIN a luxury holiday for two to Queenstown n What's Really in Our Food - Caroline Robinson gets the scoop on icecream n From MasterChef to Malaysia - Ray McVinnie explores Penang n Plus it is your final chance to win a culinary trip to Malaysia! IN BRIEF Tower challenge More than 400 firefighters will be racing to the top of the Sky Tower on Saturday. The firefighters from 121 brigades and stations are taking part in this year's Sky Tower Challenge. They include Howick-based Simon Woodward and Stefan Talaic and Beachlands volunteers. The event involves running up 51 flights of stairs in full firefighting gear weighing up to 25kg. The challenge is in its eighth year and raised a record $200,000 for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation in 2010. Foundation executive director Pru Etcheverry says they are thankful for the firefighters' generosity. ''Their level of community engagement on our behalf is truly humbling and we are grateful for their fighting spirit, time and again, to support people who they have never met.'' The Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge is on May 21, from 8am to noon, at SkyCity in Federal St. St John blossoms St John will be selling roses to celebrate its 125th anniversary. The Luminis rose has been bred especially for the organisation by world-renowned rosarian Bob Matthews. It will be available from June after being unveiled during the St John 125th commemorations in Christchurch this month. The rose is a bush rose, with a clear white cup-shaped flower that oozes with a sweet fruity fragrance and grows to around 1-metre tall. Proceeds from sales will support the work of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. Caring callers reach out By PIP BOURKE Caring caller: Caring Caller's regional manager John Eadie, right, talks to Mike Beaumont who has been involved with the St John programme for five years. Mike Beaumont has had a relation- ship with a woman for five years but he has no idea what she looks like. Mr Beaumont is a volunteer for St John's Caring Caller programme. The 15-year-old programme provides daily calls to the elderly. Some people can go for days with- out hearing from anyone but a telemarketer,'' regional manager John Eadie says. The service is an oppor- tunity for them to have a chat so they're not so lonely.'' Mr Beaumont says the woman he calls is approaching 100. I know her age and all about her family but I've never met her.'' Mr Eadie says volunteers rarely meet their clients face-to-face and St John prefers to keep it that way. It's a different kind of relation- ship,'' he says. People will off-load over the phone and say stuff they would never say to anyone in person.'' But both client and caller can give their surname and address. It ensures that a client knows they won't bump into their caller at church or in the street, '' Mr Eadie says. Mr Beaumont says the programme is as beneficial for him as it is for his client. It's nice to have a friend I can call daily and she helps me as much as I help her.'' Caring Caller has more than 530 volunteers in the northern region but needs more. The great thing about the pro- gramme is you can volunteer out of your own home,'' Mr Eadie says. We are also searching for new clients.'' Contact Caring Caller on 0800-780-780 for information.
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