Rodney Times : December 2nd 2010
9 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Louisa and Patrick Emmett Murphy Foundation CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Mr Murphy created this Foundation in 2002 in memory of his Mother to express gratitude for the help and care that she received in her latter years of her life. To be eligible, organisations must bene t people within the Auckland area (as de ned by the Supercity boundaries) by: • Providing assistance and care for terminally ill people in our community. • Improving the quality of life for our older people in our community. • Providing assistance and care for people su ering from illness in our community. ere will be a two stage selection process; expressions of interest and full applications. Expressions of interest may be submitted by a charitable organisation only (no individuals). e closing date for the expressions of interest is 24 December 2010. To request an expression of interest form... Email Kim.firstname.lastname@example.org • Write to Kim Peacock at Public Trust, Private Bag 17906, Greenlane, Auckland • Phone (09) 985 6824 Ogilvy/PTR0396 Special bond with young burn victims Healing hands: Kidz First clinical nurse specialist Deborah Murray helps six-year-old Kaela Neil who was badly burnt by fireworks early in November. Photo: SIMON WATTS By MELISSA KINEALY HELP OUT You too can help make a difference to the lives of burn victims. Donations can be posted to Operation Heal, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Please make cheques payable to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust. People can also bank donations online in The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Westpac account number 03 0219 0391544 00. Alternatively people can text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3. The worst part of Deborah Murray's job is seeing a child with bad flame burns arrive at the emergency department in an ambulance. The clinical nurse specialist at Kidz First Children's Hospital looks after youngsters who can be scarred for life. Flame burns are hor- rendous injuries. These are the most distressing type of burns for me because I know they're going to be deep,'' she says. Around 150 children are admitted to Kidz First with burns each year and the more com- plex cases go on to the National Burn Centre. That's why Deborah is lending her support to the Operation Heal cam- paign to buy a high-tech operating microscope. The much-needed equipment will be used for plastic and recon- structive surgery. It's state-of-the-art equipment that will improve the outcomes for my patients,'' Deborah says. It's equipment she wishes the centre didn't need. Most burns are pre- ventable, she says, and she's saddened that the safety messages don't seem to get through. It's the same old things.'' Kids still get badly burned if their clothes catch fire when they stand too close to heaters or when they've been playing with matches or lighters. They still pull hot drinks off tables, tug boiling kettles over on themselves and fall into baths of scalding water. The trauma of being burnt is horrendous -- but it's all preventable.'' Six-year-old Kaela Neil has been at Kidz First for two weeks after suffering burns from a firework at a neighbour's house. Her mum Dixie Neil heard screaming and ran next door to find her neighbours had put Kaela in the shower immediately after the injury occurred. They did everything perfectly -- we could not have asked for a quicker reaction,'' Deborah says. But the damage was already done and the child has burns across her chest and arms. Deborah has worked at Middlemore Hospital for 20 years -- mostly dealing with paediatric burns -- and has been in her nurse specialist role at Kidz First for the past eight. She also helps educate other nurses, community groups and health pro- fessionals in burns pre- vention. But her biggest challenge is trying to normalise things for the children while they are in hospital. She forms lasting relationships with them and can be involved in their rehabilitation for anywhere between six months and two years. Once a child is discharged from hospital that's when my nurse specialist role really kicks in. I know that we do a really good job for our families. I know that we make a difference.'' Read the Times online at www.rodneytimes.co.nz. Helensville's turn to join Xmas cheer Popular procession: Families will be lining up to catch the Helensville Christmas parade on Saturday from noon. Scores of floats should ensure Helensville's Christmas parade is again a spectator treat on Saturday. Featuring Korean drummers, the parade follows the same route as previous years, passing through the town twice. It heralds Santa's return, and he'll be paus- ing long enough for chil- dren to have their photos taken with him from 9.30am to 11.30am in the Kaipara Memorial RSA before the parade starts at noon. Plenty of lollies and flags will be given away as community, business and school floats pass by. Raffles, sausage sizzles and stalls will be run- ning too. Following the parade, people can visit the Carols in the Park event at Aquatic Park Parakai Springs. Carols by the Christian Life Centre feature from 5pm to 7pm. Bring a picnic. For late float entries or information, call Noel on (09) 837-1824.
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