Eastern Courier : June 15th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 15, 2011 NEWS Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller Order before 30 June Up to OFF RRP 55% 3325092AM Dad's a busy volunteer Keen volunteer: Patrick Langevad makes time in his busy schedule to volunteer for the Beachlands/Maraetai St John First Response Unit. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By PIP BOURKE There are hardly enough hours in the week for St John First Response volunteer Pat- rick Langevad. Between working a 40-hour week, coaching a rugby team, volunteering for the Fire Ser- vice and St John, the Beach- lands resident also manages to find time to raise a family. Mr Langevad first volun- teered for St John two years ago while a volunteer fire- man. The Beachlands First Response unit was going to shut down so a couple of us from the fire station volun- teered,'' he says. I've been there ever since.'' Mr Langevad was made team leader recently and says he works two shifts a week from 7pm to 6am as well as helping out when needed. The First Response team is vital, especially in a com- munity as far out as Beachlands,'' he says. The team is first on the scene when St John gets a call out. They are responsible for checking a patient's vital signs. Often after they get in the ambulance it's the last we hear from them,'' Mr Langevad says. But being a small com- munity we always hear from other people how the patient went.'' Mr Langevad says his chil- dren don't mind sharing his attention. They can see how gratify- ing it is.'' Joseph, 14, and Kimberly, 11, see themselves as volunteers in the future. Kimberly's still a little bit young but Joseph wants to join the local fire brigade as soon as he turns 16,'' Mr Langevad says. When people are sick or in pain they are scared. Simply by staying calm and holding their hand, you can make a huge impact.'' He says when performing anything clinical it helps to tell the patient what you're doing in terms they can understand. People in pain don't listen well. You have to slow down and give them the basics.'' St John is always looking for volunteers, for more information visit www.st john.org.nz. IN BRIEF Concert prize The Eastern Courier is giving you the chance to see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform this Saturday. The orchestra is performing Mahler's Sixth Symphony, known as the Tragic Symphony. The concert is at the Auckland Town Hall at 8pm. We have 10 double passes to give away. Here's how you can enter our competition. Simply go to www.eastern courier.co.nz for today's issue of the Eastern Courier and click on 'latest edition' for your chance to win. Not signed up to our e-edition yet? It's easy and it's free. Go to our website, click on latest edition and follow the instructions. Photography award A full scholarship is being offered for Manukau Institute of Technology 's certificate of photography. The course is based at MIT's Newmarket campus. Submissions are to be made online at www. thephotographersaward.net before June 30. A selection of entries will be chosen to appear in The Photographers Award Exhibition in the foyer of the MIT Newmarket campus on Broadway. The winner will be announced at the opening night on July 8 and is open to the general public with the exhibition running to July 29. Rotary walkway Work on a $770,000 walkway extension starts this month. Auckland Council spokesman Mark Bowater says the Rotary Walkway Extension will extend the current Pakuranga walkway by about two kilometres along the coast of the Tamaki Estuary and connect Rotary Reserve to the Panmure Bridge. ''The roll-out of the walkway will be undertaken in stages through to the end of summer 2012 with sections at Kerswill Ave and Tamaki Bay Reserve beginning concurrently in June 2011.'' Work includes the combination of concrete walkways, boardwalks, and bridge connections. Awards celebrate leaders in sustainable business Entries in the 2011 Sus- tainable 60 Awards close on August 5. The competition is run by Fairfax Media Business Group and PwC and was first held in 2009. It aims to show- case sustainable business practice in New Zealand. Sustainability is the new market advantage and the awards recognise outstanding companies and set the stan- dard for what it means to be robust and future-proof,'' spokesman Mark Revington says. Colmar Brunton research shows 88 percent of people want to buy from socially responsible and environ- mental businesses but only 28 percent can name a sustainable company. To ensure the prestigious nature of these awards, the robust entry process and judging criteria have been developed in conjunction with a panel of sustainable busi- ness experts,'' PwC partner Julia Hoare says. Judges for each award are leaders in their fields. This means companies selected as finalists and winners can be defined as leaders in sus- tainable business.'' The awards celebrate sus- tainable business excellence in five categories: Strategy and governance, workplace, marketplace, environment and community. They recognise businesses of all sizes, industries and locations. Previous winners include Resene Group, New Zealand Post Group, IAG New Zealand, The New Zea- land Merino Company and Urgent Couriers. Go to www.sustainable60. co.nz for information.
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