Rodney Times : February 4th 2014
Auckland’s most powerful media NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of Tuesday, February 4, 2014 808,000 readers 15+ Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011–Q2 2012 Patient in the running By MATTHEW GRAY DOUBLE lung transplant patient Katherine Harris will be lining up for this year’s Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event on March 9 in a bid to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Auckland branch. It will be the second time she’s entered the popular waterfront fun run and walk since her lifesaving operation nearly two years ago but her first as a married woman. Katherine, 31, tied the knot with husband Kyle last March – 13 days after finishing the 8.4 kilometre course in two hours. ‘‘This year I want to do it in one and half hours,’’ she says. Cystic fibrosis destroyed the lungs Katherine was It’s a small concession for a woman who at one point never dreamed she’d get the chance to dance on her wedding day or spend seven weeks travelling with her new husband through Europe. ‘‘I may have five years to live; I may get 10 – heck I may live to 80,’’ she says. ‘‘Whatever happens I have lived more than I ever thought possible.’’ Katherine remains grate- born with after years spent reliant on a nebuliser machine and drugs designed to clear them of mucus. The condition also limited the amount of exercise she could do before the transplant and her knees cannot sustain too much pressure as a result. That’s why she’ll be walking the route instead of running. ful to the Cystic Fibrosis Auckland branch which has helped her through many tough times and she plans to raise more cash for it this year. The organisation will also be among charities receiving a portion of proceeds from event registrations. Other recipient charities include Radio Lollipop, The Hearing House, Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand, Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust, Kidsline and Fairfax First Books. ❚ Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is a joint collaboration between the Auckland Joggers Club and Fairfax Media, owner of the the Rodney Times and its parent company, Suburban Newspapers. The event starts at 9.30am. Go to roundthebays.co.nz for more information and to register. Fresh start: Katherine Harris, pictured with husband Kyle, is determined to live her life to the fullest and is taking part in this year’s Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event. Photo: SEAN HART Tags sent in return for school donation The handing out of tags to families who have paid school donations has enraged a number of parents at a Hibiscus Coast school. Whangaparaoa Primary School, a decile 9 school with more than 700 students, gave out 2014 Donation Paid tags when parents made their $155 donation a child. Many parents believed the tags were for their children’s school bags. Schools ask for donations from parents but cannot legally force them to pay. The move has caused an Golden girls: They’re dubbed the Mizzfits but this under-19 canoe crew from Red Beach is going places fast. Double gold and string of other surf successes show they are possible national title contenders and a force to be reckoned with in the future. See P19 for details. uproar within the Hibiscus Coast community and received criticism on a community Facebook page. Facebook members are horrified at potential elitism and bullying they believe could result from some children not having tags. A photo posted by Whangaparaoa resident Daryl Gove had 300 people respond within two hours. It was removed. ‘‘The tags are not being given to children, they are being given to parents who paid their donation as a thank you to them for supporting the school,’’ school board of trustees chairman Tristan Dean says in a message to parents and the community. ‘‘They were not printed specifically as ‘bag tags’ for children, although this is one possible way for them to be used, it’s entirely up to the parent. It was the board’s collective decision.’’ Mr Dean says there was never any intention to bully anyone or create different ‘‘classes’’ of students based on whose parents had paid a donation. He says the school recog- nises some families can’t afford to pay and if such families wanted a tag they could confidentially contact the school. The board is reviewing the tag idea.
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