Waiheke Marketplace : December 8th 2010
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 8, 2010 NEWS *Conditions apply. See in store leaflet for full details. Specsavers Auckland CBD Corner of Queen St and Wyndham St 155 Queen Street 09 303 1364 www.specsavers.co.nz/aucklandcbd BOOK AN EYETEST with our professional optometrist today. Pair honoured in St John awards Making a contribution:St John's Laurie Leonard. By GILL ALCOCK Two Waiheke names were mentioned in the St John honours list announced as the organ- isation celebrated Inter- national Volunteers Day. Laurie Leonard and Gina Ford were two of the 86 individuals admit- ted or promoted into the Order of St John from across the country. Their service awards were part of St John s acknowledgement of the many hours the more than 8000 volunteers around New Zealand contribute to their com- munities. Our St John people make an incredible con- tribution to communities every day. They contrib- ute to saving lives and improving the health and well-being of hun- dreds of thousands of New Zealanders every year. Without volunteers, St John would struggle to provide the level of services in local com- munities that we cur- rently do, chief execu- tive Jaimes Wood says. This was not the first award for the hard- working and long- serving Mrs Leonard. In June, the wife of fire chief Ron Leonard, received the Blundell Kindness Award from St John Northern patron, Lady Blundell. St John is the largest provider of ambulance services in the country and also provides such community care programmes as Friends of the Emergency Department, Hospital Friends, Health Shut- tles, Caring Caller and Outreach Therapy Pets. Volunteers and paid staff work side by side to provide the services including ambulance services, first aid train- ing, community care and youth programmes. T-shirts raise funds for village Charity brand: Steve Marshall, Bron Carruthers, Catiy Kitsen and Rua Henry launch The Village Project's new clothing range, featuring the rain-harvesting logo by designer hd Steve. By GEORGE GARDNER A new range of stylish clothing will hit the racks today with the launch of The Village Project s next fund- raising venture. All proceeds from the sale of the colourful range of t-shirts, singlets and hoodies will go towards the 2011 rain- harvesting project which aims to build rain tanks in the war-torn province of Gulu in Uganda. Logo designer hd Steve -- who also designs for the Huffer brand -- says: The upside-down um- brella represents the collecting of rainwater and the handle has been turned into a tap to show the water being put to good use. The rain-harvesting project aims to build a pilot model of five clusters of four rain tanks in Gulu s Watoto village. Tank builder Brett MacDonald -- father of The Village Project founder Emily -- plans to visit Africa in July to establish the model, and to pass his construction knowledge to the villagers so they can create a sustainable source of income. The Village Project raised over $60,000 last year -- enough to build a house in Gulu to accom- modate eight war affec- ted children and a house mother for a lifetime. The project raised more than $80,000 this year to build two classrooms for the education of hun- dreds of orphans. The rain-harvesting t-shirts and singlets cost $50 and hoodies cost $100, and are available from Waiheke Fruit and Veg in Oneroa. Travelling books can end up anywhere Picnickers could be sur- prised to find a work of great literature or a children s novel sitting next to them on a park bench with the next round of travelling books due to be released. Last year, the Wai- heke Adult Literacy initiative released around 200 books in pub- lic places for anyone to pick up and read, then release again for the next person. This year, a similar number will be proffered up to book worms at bus stops, playgrounds and other public places. Tutor Mags Johnson says the group had a fabulous response from last year s initiative and people can check out where the books ended up on the travelling books Facebook page. She says this year s supply of books came from very generous donations from the com- munity and Random House .
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