Rodney Times : February 1st 2011
5 RODNEY TIMES, FEBRUARY 1, 2011 NEWS *Offers are available when purchasing from the $199 price range or above. Price complete with PENTAX (excluding Transitions) standard single vision lenses. Price for other lens types may differ. Extra options not included. Offers are mutually exclusive and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Available for a limited time only. Conditions apply. 2010 Specsavers Optical Group SMART_SPE10915. Whangaparaoa - The Plaza: 719 Whangaparaoa Road, 428 0845. specsavers.co.nz Fundraiser backs two good causes New view: Upgrades to the Omaha surf club including an extended deck are helping make it a community centre, club president John Williams says. By DELWYN DICKEY An auction at the Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club raised about $90,000 for the club and thousands of dollars for three-year-old Eva Mit- chell of Warkworth to help with her health problems. The sell-out event compered by comedian Rhys Darby at a William Fraser Reserve marquee saw many of the 420 ticket holders taking full advantage of views from the newly extended clubroom deck. More than 100 silent auc- tion prizes were up for grabs, as well as 27 live auction prizes. A fortnight s stay in a chalet in the French ski resort town of Chamonix went for $7000 after strong bidding. An unusual prize of full laser eye surgery fetched $5500, and a three month lease on an Audi convertible went for $3000. Guests were treated to an impromptu performance from Mr Darby when the power generator failed for 20 minutes. The evening was topped off by dancing to the band Union. The support from this community has been truly humbling, Eva s mum Tif- fany Mitchell says. The ongoing costs with Eva in hospital puts huge pressure on us financially as a family. We re not eligible for a lot of funding so this kind of sup- port is invaluable. Eva was born with congeni- tal diaphragmatic hernia, where a hole in the dia- phragm allows internal organs into the chest cavity and prevents the lungs devel- oping. The left side of her dia- phragm was missing, and her heart and liver had moved into the space. She has endured multiple surgeries as doctors fought to save her life. Specialists thought she would only live six months. Eva has seldom left Starship hospital because she requires constant care. The Omaha surf club will also benefit hugely from the auction. It has taken on a new life under the leadership of local police youth aid officer John Williams. His involvement has seen fundraising for improvements stepped up to include a new storage build- ing and a TV and movie room. The new deck gives more outside room as well as direct and faster access to the watchtower, with extra backup as the beach is more easily seen from the deck. Money raised from the auc- tion will go towards an interior upgrade, including removal of walls for an open plan look and new kitchen. All up around $500,000 will have been spent on the club, Mr Williams says. The surf club plays an important part in the com- munity, he says. We are trying to push for teenagers to get involved. We want to create a safe, caring environment where teenagers can come and hang out with their mates. This is also the only beachside community facility in our area and other groups are encouraged to use it.
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