Waiheke Marketplace : March 2nd 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 2, 2011 NEWS *This production includes disturbing content not suitable for children 10 and under. Parental discretion is strongly advised. Numbers are limited register your attendance at www.thevillageproject.org.nz Doing our bit for Canterbury By GEORGE GARDNER RESIDENTS are rally- ing to do their bit in the wake of the Christchurch quake. Collection tins have been springing up at businesses and shops, and gold coin donations are mounting up. The Waiheke branch of the Red Cross has donated $20,000 to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal and is urging people to dig deep this week during its annual appeal. President Jocelyn Luckens says: We re encouraging people to give generously. Our funds are getting low as there have been several major disasters in the past 18 months, she says. Staff at Casita Miro sprang into action on Thursday, putting on an extra four-course dinner concert with opera singer Clementine Lovell. The impromptu night raised $2400 for the Red Cross Appeal. Co-owner Cat Vosper says it was a team effort. We did it within 24 hours. Fullers pushed it on the boat and John Hawkesby hosted an auction of some of his own wine collection and some Miro wines, includ- ing some from our cellar library. All the staff worked for free. Staff at Wild on Wai- heke donated all their tips to the cause. The generosity from customers was amazing, with staff tips more than tripling over this past weekend, owner Karen Webb says. She and her husband Rob have matched the amount to make a $300 donation. Coffee drinkers are being urged to get their caffeine fix at Island Thyme this Friday and Saturday where owners Carl and Delwyn Phiske are pledging $3 to the Red Cross Appeal from every coffee sold. Mr Phiske says: We re just trying to do some- thing. Everyone feels a bit helpless and we prob- ably all know someone from Christchurch. Every little bit helps. People will wear red and black for the Wai- heke Rugby and Synergy Studio Walk to Christ- church fundraiser on Saturday -- a 10km trail walk between 7am and 9am, and a 5km walk or run at 4pm. Email synergystudio email@example.com to regis- ter.Auckland Council has pledged $1.5m -- about $1 per resident -- and, closer to home, Artworks tenants are banding together to organise the 12-hour non-stop Wai- heke for Christchurch fundraiser on March 19. The event starts at noon and includes an outdoor market and performances, a Whitta- kers concert, a children s film in the afternoon, a bring-and-buy book sale, a family variety concert, an art auction and an evening rock and roll concert. Anyone who can contribute, including daytime performers and evening concert bands, as well as people with ideas for fundraising stalls, should email artworkstheatre@ gmail.com or leave a message on 372-2941. Pupils quick to raise funds for quake Coin trail: Te Huruhi Primary School students have started a coin trail around the edge of the office foyer. By GILL ALCOCK Ideas to raise money for the survivors of the Christchurch earth- quake are coming in and school students have been fast to respond. Te Huruhi Primary School was quick off the mark with an idea to start a coin trail around the edge of the school office foyer. Principal Ian Travers says the money raised will be sent to both the mayor s fund and the Red Cross. Students at Waiheke High School made a spontaneous gold coin collection at their annual beach sports day on Friday and raised $404.70 for the appeal. And Waiheke Pri- mary School pupils dressed up in red and black -- the colours of the Crusaders rugby team -- and collected donations for the BNZ Red Cross Christchurch Kiwi Kids Small Change Appeal. Zumba dancers can donate at the Zumba love 4 Christchurch EQ Fundraiser on March 13 at noon at Te Huruhi school hall. Meanwhile, the search for safety and sanctity after the dev- astating quake has led to some families mak- ing the move to Wai- heke. While the shift may not be permanent, sev- eral students have been enrolled at both Wai- heke High School and Te Huruhi Primary School for some time out from the continu- ing after shocks and lack of basic infrastruc- ture such as water, reticulation and power. With schools in the centre of Christchurch shut for the foreseeable future the desire for some normality has seen two students enrolled at the high school and five at Te Huruhi with inquiries from the parents of three or four more, Te Huruhi school secretary Kerry Sucich says. And teachers at Wai- heke Primary School are researching with the Ministry of Edu- cation the possibility of billeting some students from Christchurch with host families on Wai- heke.
February 23rd 2011
March 9th 2011