Rodney Times : November 30th 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Gems in crown Rodney GEM: Lisa Noonan has been selected for the World of Difference GEM programme. Chosen: Amanda Bennett will work for the Eating Difficulties Education Network. By CARALISE MOORE TWO women are considered gems to their non-profit organisations in more ways than one. Ahuroa's Lisa Noonan and Amanda Bennett of Manly have been selected for the 2011 World of Difference GEM programme, a Vodafone national programme where 25 people are selected each year to have their salaries paid for while working with non-profit organisations. Lisa, 42, will be working for Auckland Communities Foun- dation, and Amanda, 48, for Eating Difficulties Education Network, EDEN. Lisa, who lives on a nine hectare block filled with animals is a lawyer who has been drawn to non-profit work in recent years. My background is in intellectual property, especially film and tele- vision, but I've been working in not- for-profit in the last two years and I really love the work. I was particularly interested in co-ordinating youth projects,'' she says. When I was younger I would have appreciated having more mentors and leaders so it will be great to help with projects in this area.'' The Auckland Communities Foundation helps new and emerg- ing communities through fund- raising and grant-making. They encourage generous individuals and organisations to establish funds and help them make grants to worthy causes,'' Lisa says. Lisa is also studying post- graduate non-profit management. Amanda has lived on the Hibiscus Coast for more than 20 years work- ing with local non-profit organis- ations including Hibiscus Coast Hospice, Dress For Success and Breast Cancer New Zealand. I decided earlier this year that I wanted to try and do things for myself, contracting myself out to things that are really important to me,'' Amanda says. When you are working fulltime for someone else you often don't feel like you are making the difference you want to make.'' EDEN has support services for people struggling with eating dis- orders and they want to educate school students on issues with body image. Her goal is to help EDEN make enough money to help fund a full- time, permanent fundraiser. Generous gran rewarded for contribution to school Selfless grandma: Whaea Mihi Hill was awarded the Duffy Grandparent award for her selfless donation of time at Parakai School's kapa haka group. She is with grandson Josh Dobson. By MICHELE ONG A generous granny who volunteers her time helping Parakai School with its kapa haka group has received a Duffy Grandparent award. Mihi Hill was honoured with a certificate and book, Coastlines, by literacy charity Duffy Books in Homes. The award aims to give grandparents the same recog- nition parents receive for con- tributions to school activities. Whaea Mihi Hill is a wonder- ful help with our kapa haka group. She assists in practice every Thursday and at every group performance,'' principal Sean Valvoi says. Mrs Hill first got involved because she wanted to be part of her grandchildren's schooling lives. I love children. And I've got grandchildren at Parakai School. I wanted to go and participate when they are there,'' she says. An opening within the school's kapa haka group a few years ago meant Mrs Hill could be part of it. It was a role which suited her very well because she comes from a family of kapa haka performers. My mum wrote kapa haka lyrics and my dad was the chal- lenger. So it's always been in me. I'm from Te Tuwhare Toa tribe, and the tribe here's Ngati Whatua, so when I wanted to join the kapa haka group, I had to ask permission from the elders,'' she says. One of her highlights is seeing the establishment and growth of Parakai School's Maori learning unit, which was set up last year. The unit's really important for the little ones. It gives them a sense of who they are. The little ones are also part of the kapa haka group and you can just see them grow,'' she says. Mrs Hill says she will stay at the school as long as they want me''.
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