Waiheke Marketplace : June 1st 2011
10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 1, 2011 NEWS Op shop opens The New Hope Op Shop is celebrating the move to its new loca- tion at the upgraded transfer station on Ostend Rd with a grand opening this Saturday at 9am. The shop is boasting new stock and great bargains to go with its new surroundings. It will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 3pm. Your blood could save the day Saving a life: Blood donor Gary Rutter with Beth Colmore- Williams. CRITERIA FOR BLOOD DONORS First-time donors: 16 to 60 years of age Existing donors: Up to 71 years of age Weight over 50kg In good health Six months since having a tattoo or body piercing 24 hours since a minor procedure or a month since major work at the dentist No one who has lived in the UK, France or the Republic of Ireland between 1980 and 1996 for six months or more can donate Must have eaten something in the four hours before donating Bring appropriate ID. Phone 0800 GIVE BLOOD or visit www.nzblood.co.nz to check eligibility. Blood donors are being reminded the mobile blood centre will visit the Red Cross rooms in Oneroa next week. The New Zealand Blood Service will cele- brate World Blood Donor Day across the country on June 14, but Waiheke donors will be giving blood from noon until 5.30pm on Tuesday, June 7. Donors can phone 0800-448-325 to make an appointment. In conjunction with the World Health Organ- isation, the annual inter- national event is a chance to thank thou- sands of everyday heroes for their blood donations and to encourage more people to become donors. The theme Blood Donors Save the Day recognises the generous donors who help save the day for the more than 42,000 New Zealanders who will need blood and blood products every year. The service is a non- profit organisation responsible for the collec- tion, processing, testing, storage and distribution of all blood and blood products in New Zea- land. It is a Crown agency responsible to the Ministry of Health. The service has a con- stant need to recruit new and committed blood donors to contribute to the 3000 donations -- 1000 in Auckland alone -- required every week. Less than 4 percent of eligible New Zealanders donate blood, leaving the service depending on about 20,000 people to donate at least once a year. Regular donations are critical because blood has a shelf life. Red blood cells only last 35 days and platelets last just five days. Donated blood is used for cancer patients, to treat accident and burns victims, to treat shock, for those undergoing sur- gery, for mothers and babies in need before and after birth, to provide clotting factors to treat bleeding disorders, including haemophilia and to provide antibody treatment for people with disorders of the immune system. One single whole blood donation can save up to three lives. If an 18-year- old started donating blood today, and donated just once a year, they could help save more than 150 lives in their lifetime. RULES Email letters to editor@waiheke marketplace.co.nz or sent to Editor, Waiheke Market- place, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday 9am. LETTERS Chch appeal In my enthusiasm to inform you of how much was raised for the Chch Appeal from Waiheke folk, I overlooked the fact that of the $8300 raised, $1700 had already been raised before the Christchurch earthquake. World Vision is partnering the Salvation Army and other agencies in Christchurch in mid to long term relief in their key areas of expertise -- child trauma and disaster relief management. Waiheke raised $6600 in 11 weeks for Christchurch. World Vision donated the other $1700 to a joint venture with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for a food distribution programme they are launching in Karamoja, one of the poorest areas in Uganda. In this region 80 percent of the population are in unbelievable poverty and in need of food aid. The WFP will again meet every dollar we donate with a $6 donation, making our $1700 worth $11,900. This will be distributed in food value to fight malnutrition. It s hard to believe in this one area there are so many below the poverty line and in need of regular food aid. Sincere thanks to all who donated and to those who went the extra mile to help -- you know who you are. Margot Kitching World Vision volunteer Closure Having lived in or near Blackpool for 10 years, I can say that since the closure of the Espla- nade I ve noticed a marked decrease in the number of motorists traversing Blackpool in general -- it s quieter and safer. In an area populated and frequented by families, children and the elderly, should these effects be taken into consideration? Also, I tire of the argument against closure that the island needs an alternative route for emergency use. It has that with the closure -- removing a bollard is not very difficult (even without approbation as some enterprising person/s demonstrated). Regarding tar- sealing, could a compromise be reached? Tar-seal the currently used portion up to the fishing spot and in the process widen the turnaround area to make it easier and safer for the types of vehicles prone to be taken fishing to turn around. I believe the right thing was done to leave this part accessible to vehicles -- let s build on that success. Anthony Milas Blackpool Surprise for 90th Surprise surprise: Jack Jones, right, celebrates his 90th birthday with son John, daughter-in-law Laurel, top, and grandson Victor, left. A surprise party at the RSA saw around 50 guests celebrate long- time Waiheke resident Jack Jones 90th birth- day. The event was orga- nised by Warwick Stew- art. It included Mr Jones son John and his wife Laurel, who had trav- elled to the island from Cambridge, plus his grandson Victor. The party on Sunday, May 22, also included plenty of Waiheke residents. Many of them know Mr Jones from the Wai- heke Bowling Club.
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