Eastern Courier : June 17th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 17, 2011 NEWS Do You Service & Repair Your Own Vehicle? If so, Repco has some great news for you. Repco's prices are down on over 5,000 popular service and repair items. Repco has the range, expertise, quality and we offer outstanding value! At Repco Highland Park and Botany RPC0114 Rescue off Waiheke Howick Coastguard helped rescue a man clinging to a flo- tation device near Waiheke Island on Sunday afternoon. Rescue vessels Howick Res- cue One and Lion Foundation Rescue attended the callout to Anzac Bay. The man in his 60s fell into the water from his dinghy while checking a fishing net shortly after 1pm. He had been carrying a cellphone but it became wet and unusable. He was in the water for 40 minutes before he was seen from the shore. The man was showing signs of hypothermia when he was pulled from the water by the Coastguard aboard Howick Rescue One. He was treated with a heating unit on Lion Foun- dation Rescue before being handed over to St John staff at Kennedy Point Wharf. Lion Foundation Rescue skipper Allan Wetherall says this incident should be a reminder to all boaties to wear a lifejacket and carry communication devices. Without being able to com- municate no one can possibly know that there is someone who requires help,'' he says. Regardless of how far out or how close to shore you are going, wearing a lifejacket and having the ability to com- municate is of the utmost importance to keeping safe on the water.'' Heart transplant now golf Ross Forrester By PIP BOURKE IT WAS a little over two years ago that Ross Forrester lay on his hospital bed waiting to die. Now New Zealand's 211th heart transplant patient is playing golf in Sweden. Mr Forrester will represent the country in the World Transplant games. He flew out last Sunday and says he's aiming for gold. If I shoot 82 gross then I should be able to come out on top.'' The Howick resident says making the most of his life is the least he can do after his heart surgery in 2009. He says he wouldn't be here today without his donor. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him and thank him for his gift of life.'' Mr Forrester's donor Andrew was 36 when he was run over by a van while cross- ing the road. It was because of the generosity of Andrew's family that I am here today, the words thank you just don't cut it.'' In 2006, Mr Forrester was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease -- hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It meant the muscle within the heart thickened leading to unexpec- ted cardiac arrest. He knew he would need a transplant but had to wait until he had just six months to live before he could even go on the waiting list. This is a direct result of not enough donors,'' he says. There are about 36 donors in New Zealand per year and they have to be divided among people waiting for donations and then matched.'' Mr Forrester's chance came in late 2009. He had been on the waiting list for a while as his condition had worsened. I received a phone call at 6am and in we went.'' The surgery was expected to last five hours and ended up taking nine because of complications. Mr Forrester, who walked the Tongariro Crossing earlier this year, says the main reason he is going to Sweden is to promote the importance of organ donation. It took me an entire year to be able to play 18 holes of golf again but I did it. That was all because someone had told their family they wanted to be an organ donor.'' The majority of the trip has been sponsored by friends of the golfer and donations through his website. Mr Forrester says the main message is to make sure people are aware that organ donors save lives. Budding biologists are going for gold By STEPHANIE FAWCETT Winning effort: Macleans College students Benjamin Bai, left, and Richard Chou have been chosen to represent New Zealand at the International Biology Olympiad in Taiwan. Photo: STEPHANIE FAWCETT Studying hard has paid off for Benjamin Bai and Rich- ard Chou. The Macleans College students jet off to Taiwan to represent New Zealand at the 22nd International Biology Olympiad in July. They will be part of a team of four New Zealand students at the competition. The pair took part in a gruelling eight-day training and selection camp before being chosen for the team. We took the entrance exam to get into the tutorials last year,'' Benja- min says. There was another selection exam to get into the camp, another two exams at the camp and finally the best were chosen to be on the team.'' Nineteen secondary school students from throughout New Zealand attended the camp to receive hours of tutoring for the exams. The practical tutorials were three or four-hour sessions and there were two a day,'' Benjamin says. The boys are expecting stiff competition from a number of countries. China, Taiwan, Singa- pore and the United States are our biggest competitors,'' Richard says. Taiwan got four golds last year and the USA got three. This year we're going for gold.''
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