Waiheke Marketplace : November 24th 2010
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 NEWS FREE DIARY Terms and Conditions apply. See Customer Service for details. westfield.co.nz/downtown Spend $75 in one day at Westfield Downtown and we'll give you a year. Take your receipts to Customer Service and choose from one of three stylish diaries. WES0694/20x4 Love Your Coast and join the next clean-up Coast care: A clean-up like this Keep New Zealand Beautiful one at Matiatia will take place on Rangitoto on December 6. A group of Kiwi charities is coming together to co- ordinate a series of ambitious coastal clean- ups around New Zealand in December. The event series Love Your Coast kicks off with a huge clean-up of Rangitoto Island on December 6 using 2000 people. Sustainable Coastlines and Love Your Coast co- founder Sam Judd says the idea behind the initiative is that a simple activity, such as picking up rubbish from the coast, when done on a large scale, will foster ongoing coastline protec- tion in our communities. This new movement aims to both inspire and empower newcomers to love their own coast and unite those who are already working in this way but who are uncon- nected with each other and who may need assistance getting their message out,'' he says. Individuals, schools, companies and com- munity organisations will be participating and will be encouraged to continue to take owner- ship of their beaches on a long-term basis. Re- sources such as the Love Your Coast event- planning website and audit results will be shared. Key collaborators at this stage include Te Wai Pounamu Foundation, Sustainable Coastlines, the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society, the Sir Peter Blake Trust, the Department of Corrections, Forest and Bird, Youth River Action Christchurch and the Waitemata Harbour Clean-up Trust. Cleaning up Rangitoto Island is necessary, says Mr Judd. We have been out there surveying the area extensively with the Waitemata Harbour Cleanup Trust. Every new tide brings rubbish from the city. For example, in two hours, 10 volunteers picked up 78 parking ticket receipts which are made of plastic.'' Anyone wishing to take part in the Rangi- toto clean-up will be wel- come, Mr Judd says. And with the ongoing support of Fullers Ferries, the transfer to Rangitoto will be free. All the rubbish col- lected will be audited with the results provid- ing information to help students understand the challenges of coastline protection. Participating schools will have access to free educational resources from the Sir Peter Blake Trust, as well as a range of other documentation and equipment available through the website. Email auckland@ loveyourcoast.org to register interest in participating and visit www.loveyourcoast.org for more information. Rallying to help Sahara Helping hand: The Jassy Dean Trust has offered support for 11-year-old Sahara Adams. By GILL ALCOCK ' Since Sahara's diagnosis we have been overwhelmed with love, light and support from all the amazing people on Waiheke Island. It is humbling and has kept us going. ' Sahara's family Young Sahara Adams' family was recently told the news no one wants to hear. Russ Adams describes it as the worst week of his life when his 11-year- old granddaughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is a form of cancer of the white blood cells. It is caused by malignant, juvenile white blood cells continu- ously multiplying and overcrowding healthy, normal cells in the bone marrow. If untreated, these cells then spread to the body's major organs where they cause dam- age and eventually death. Family friend Bernice Humphrey says 11-year- old Sahara is a popular year 7 student at Wai- heke High School. She also attended Te Huruhi Primary School. She's been involved in virtually every pro- duction on the island for many years so is well known to a wide range of adults as well as chil- dren,'' she says. Sahara's mum is artist Sandra Marie Adams, whose studio is on the corner of Ocean Rd and Miami Ave. Her work has been exhibited at the Waiheke Art Gallery and at galleries in Auckland and across New Zealand. Art, however, is on the back burner while she spends her time at her daughter's hospital bed- side in Auckland. Meanwhile grand- parents Russ and Karen Adams are looking after Sahara's younger sister Sanchia at their home on Waiheke. Sanchia ia finding it difficult being apart from her sister because they are very close, Mr Adams says. Visiting is also diffi- cult because leukemia compromises a child's immune system leaving them open to infection and Sanchia has a cough. Plus a chicken pox scare in hospital has meant Sahara is in isolation and has to wear a mask. Mr Adams says the level of support the fam- ily has received has been fantastic''. In a family statement they say: Two weeks ago we got news that no fam- ily ever wants for their child. Life for Sahara and our family will not be the same for a long time. There is an unim- aginable amount to deal with and process. Since Sahara's diag- nosis we have been overwhelmed with love, light and support from all the amazing people on Waiheke Island. It is humbling and has kept us going. We are so thankful to all the people who have done so much already. We have a long journey ahead but we feel so blessed that we will be making that journey on Waiheke Island.'' The Jassy Dean Trust has already offered sup- port. It offers help when- ever it hears of a sick child on the island. Ms Humphrey is collecting a database of people who can lend sup- port to the family over the upcoming months. This could be anything from gardening or bak- ing a cake to taking part in a fundraiser, she says. Ms Humphrey and her daughter -- a close friend of Sahara -- have set up a page on Facebook. Chil- dren and concerned adults can keep up to date with what is happening and send messages by signing up to Sahara's page -- which has a picture Minnie Mouse. Ms Humphrey has also set up a bank account for the many people who have offered financial help to the family. A donation or a regular automatic payment can be made to The Sahara Sunshine Fund, internet banking account No 12- 3114-0057981-00 (quote Sahara as a reference). Or donations can be made by sending a cheque to the Jassy Dean Trust (Sahara Sunshine Fund) PO Box 804, Oneroa, Waiheke Island. Residents wishing to offer their services to Sahara and her family can contact Ms Humph- rey by email at bernicehumphrey@xtra. co.nz or by phone on 372-9095 or 027-300- 7905.
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