Rodney Times : November 11th 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS Operation Heal needs you Operation Heal: Rodney Times editor Geoff Dobson, left, Sir Peter Leitch, centre, and Suburban Newspapers general manager David Penny urge readers to get behind this paper's efforts to raise money for the National Burn Centre at National Burn Centre. OPERATION The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust BURNS leave their victims physically and emotionally scarred -- often for life. Fortunately medical advances have reached the point where steps can be taken to minimise the long term impact on people. That s why the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is so keen to support the National Burn Centre. Any one of us could require the unit s services at some point, chairman Sir Peter Leitch says. Some of the cases referred there now are absolutely heartbreaking and it s humbling to see how the staff and their patients cope in such extraordinary circumstances. All of them are battlers and some are up against huge odds. We, through this campaign, can help by funding some much needed equipment to assist surgeons with their reconstructive and plastic surgery. I challenge the people of Auckland to join us in our efforts. It s very easy to bury your head in the sand and say it doesn t affect me. But the simple truth is it one day could -- no one knows what lies ahead. The Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust was formed in 1998 and has so far raised more than $1.5 million for various causes. Beneficiaries have included Plunket, the North Shore Hospital Foundation, Cure Kids, Hospice, Diabetes NZ, the Cancer Foundation, the Starship children s hospital, Look Good Feel Better, the Meningitis Trust, Kidz First Children s Hospital, CanTeen and Macular Degeneration. The trust has also helped numerous schools with liter- acy and drug education initiatives. Its work with prostate can- cer awareness and the Parkinson s Society is well documented as is its involve- ment with the newly launched League 4 Life Foun- dation. The big difference is that every cent goes to the causes, deputy chairman and Suburban Newspapers general manager David Penny says. There are no adminis- tration staff and trustees all volunteer. They even have to pay for their own tickets to the functions. Rodney Times editor Geoff Dobson says: We are very much a part of the trust and this is a fantastic opportunity to lend our support to some- thing of benefit to our com- munity. I hope all of our readers agree and help us make a real difference through this cam- paign. Donations to Operation Heal can be made at Rodney Times office, corner of Alice and Florence avenues, Orewa, or posted direct to; Operation Heal, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Dinner with PM It is being billed as the premier event of the year -- and with good reason. The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust will hold a corporate charity dinner at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre on December 3. Guest speaker Prime Minister John Key will be interviewed on stage by broadcaster Paul Holmes during a night of glitz and glamour designed to raise funds for the National Burn Centre. Television personality and Newstalk ZB host Kerre Woodham will be MC and comedian Ewen Gilmour is guaranteed to put a few smiles on everyone's faces. The evening starts at 7.30pm and will include live and silent auctions as well as music from the band Black Salt. A cheque will be handed over to the National Burn Centre at the end of the function. Tickets cost $1850 plus GSTforatableof10or $185 plus GST per person. Call Shandall on 531- 5910 or email her at shandall@mad butcher.co.nz. IN BRIEF Car in mangroves Police were called out to Waiwera after the driver of a vehicle apparently fell asleep at the wheel and drove into mangroves. How do they know this? He was still asleep when they turned up. Car taken A woman allegedly stole a vehicle belonging to a man who had gone to her place for a ''fun time'', police say. After a petrol drive off from Wellsford she headed south on State Highway 1. The car was located by the police Eagle helicopter but failed to stop. A steady pursuit followed towards Snells Beach where the driver turned round again only for the car to be spiked at the intersection of Warkworth and Snells Beach. The woman was charged with a range of offences including the petrol drive off, theft, driving while disqualified and refusing an excess breath alcohol test. Shoplifters caught New World Orewa had a couple of very young shoplifters last week with police called to deal with alleged offences by an 11-year-old and a day or so later by a nine-year-old. In Stillwater, police arrested two youths after public toilets and the playground opposite the campground were damaged. And silliness returned to Hatfields Beach when the occupants of two cars damaged five letterboxes in Sun Valley Rd. Naked walker Police were called after a man in his 60s was seen walking around naked on Beach Rd, Manly. He was arrested on Manly Beach for offensive behaviour, interviewed and bailed. An hour later police received another report that the man was again naked and peering in a neighbour's window. Located on his driveway, he was again arrested for offensive behaviour and peeping and peering. This time bail came with strict conditions to stay clothed.
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