Eastern Courier : January 2nd 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 2 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 2, 2013 NEWS 220 Universal Dr, Henderson Ph: 836 0029 ALL HOURS 79 Line Road, Glen Innes Ph: 521 3100 Family owned and operated MORRISON FUNERAL DIRECTORS OFFICE, CHAPEL & RECEPTION LOUNGES 4515785AA Quality Dentistry Wishing you a great holiday season, a prosperous and healthy 2013! 5060893AH Unit 24, 15 Bishop Lenihan Place, Flat Bush Ph 271 0008 QUALIFICATIONS THAT KICK-START YOUR CAREER * Youth Guarantee Free for 16 & 17 year olds * National Certifcates OPENING SOON BOTANY * Enrol now 0800 4 ACADEMY 0800 4 2223369 www.academy.ac.nz 5043201AB Operation Heal, right: Pictured with a new operating microscope at the National Burn Centre in 2010 are Counties Manukau District Health Board chief medical officer Dr Don Mackie, Dr Alissandra Canal, board chief executive officer Geraint Martin, Dr Meredith Simcock, Suburban Newspapers general manager David Penny, Dr Richard Wong She, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust founding chairman Sir Peter Leitch.Trust boosts funds of worthy causes Presentations, above: Pictured during a cheque handover in 2011 are, from left: Marguerite Durling from Diabetes Auckland, Penny Jorgensen, Rebecca Oliver and son Dylan from Allergy NZ, John Denton from Diabetes Auckland, trust chairman David Penny, Naomi Layzell and Gwenda Holster-Dowler from Plunket. Much of the money was raised by our readers so it's important for them to know that every cent gets poured back into worthy causes that benefit all of us. -- David Penny General manager, community newspapers and Sunday's division It s a typical afternoon in the Starship children s hospital. Anxious parents and relatives wander the cor- ridors while visiting kids entertain themselves in a play area. Desperately ill children make the most of their lot in sur- rounding wards. Two suited men arrive carrying a large mock cheque with a newspaper photographer in tow. They re here to meet Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clarke for a presentation and photo shoot. The most senior of the pair does the honours with an ease that sug- gests he s an old hand at this sort of thing -- and he is. David Penny, general manager of 16 Fairfax Media owned community newspapers and the Sunday s division in Auckland, is also chair- man of the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspa- pers Community Trust. Today s cheque is for $26,122, money raised through a trust co- ordinated media cam- paign for lifesaving equipment to help the hospital treat young Kid- ney patients from all over the country. Readers from as far afield as Kaikohe in the north and Papakura in the south have contri- buted. At the age of 95 I m sorry I cannot give more, one supporter from Kerikeri says. But many bricks build a tower. It s typical of the kind of project the trust sup- ports. Diabetes Auckland, Allergy New Zealand and Plunket are among the many worthy ben- eficiaries of its fundrais- ing work over the past 14 years. We gave away half a million dollars last year alone to groups like this that serve the same com- munity our papers engage with right across the greater region, Mr Penny says. Much of the money was raised by our readers so it s important for them to know that every cent gets poured back into worthy causes that benefit all of us. And this isn t ambu- lance at the bottom of the cliff stuff. The organ- isations we support are working proactively on preventative strategies to make sure people stay well. They are reliant on volunteer help and pub- lic goodwill so anything we can do to support them is worthwhile. The trust was set up in 1998 and largely driven by inaugural chairman and Mad Butcher foun- der Sir Peter Leitch in conjunction with former Suburban Newspapers general manager Barry Leitch. Its first major project battled a glue ear epi- demic in Manukau where 120 youngsters were on a waiting list for surgery to get rid of the problem and restore full hearing. South Auckland Health doctors, nurses and anaesthetists donat- ed their time and the trust put in $40,000 for materials to clear the backlog over just one weekend. A follow-up exercise was held at the Manu- kau SuperClinic in 2004 when dozens of children were checked over and diagnosed by consultants using three endoscopes donated by the trust. There are few things more important than the health of our children, Sir Peter Leitch says. The trust continued to show consistent support of community health initiatives in the years that followed. A donation of $20,000 presented to the Waitemata District Health Board in 2006 helped fund vital cardiac equipment for patients in west Auckland, Rod- ney and on the North Shore. The country s first National Burn Centre, opened at Middlemore Hospital, included a room fully outfitted with trust proceeds and around $120,000 was raised over two years to increase awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to get checked. A Christmas lunch held in 2007 raised $145,000 for four Auck- land hospices and a var- iety of trust functions and initiatives have helped boost the coffers of organisations includ- ing the Parkinson s Society, the Cancer Foundation, The Menin- gitis Trust, CanTeen, Surf Life Saving New Zealand and League for Life. Just this year the trust teamed up with the Rotary club of Hender- son to host a prime min- isterial luncheon that raised $10,000 for the Rangatira paediatric unit at Waitakere Hos- pital. One of its biggest pro- jects was Operation Heal 2010 -- a massive cam- paign harnessing the might of Suburban New- spapers in Auckland and Northland that raised $230,000 for a new hi- tech operating micro- scope now in use at the National Burn Centre. Centre spokesman Dr Richard Wong She says the microscope has been in constant use since its arrival and is a highly sought after piece of equipment. The trust is now brac- ing itself for its next proj- ect to raise money for Make-A-Wish -- the char- ity helping make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. Cheques made out to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust can be posted to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Donations can also be banked directly into the trust's Westpac account 03-0243-0268896-000.
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