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Author: Cynthia Daly

Magical day for Lions Family Picnic

The clear skies were wishful thinking, but when you set out to make magic happen, then anything is possible. And so it was.  The children raced to the Bike Park, dragging their parents behind them as the Whitianga Lions Club Family Picnic got underway on Sunday,14 April. Bubbly little faces with teddy bear prizes won the vote on cuteness, while giant bubbles drifted across the air with squeals of excitement. Ice creams were slurped, sizzled sausages were munched and many littlies learnt how wonderful meringues with whipped cream taste. Energy recharged, everyone was off again for an egg and...

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Getting the message out there

“We’re from your local Lions Clubs and we’re selling sausages to buy a mammogram machine for this community. We need $350,000, so we’ve got a lot of sausages to sell!” Yes, I’m loud and proud in the name of supporting Project Mammogram. Since I joined Whitianga Lions Club just over a year ago, I’ve spent many happy Saturdays helping on their sausage sizzle at the Whiti Citi Market in Soldier’s Park, Whitianga. But here’s the interesting thing. People ask about Project Mammogram; people of all ages from this community and also visitors here. And so I explain why we give up our Saturday mornings...

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Artists craft of capturing light

The Informer spoke with first time exhibitor, Whitianga Photographic Club President, Kate Beauchamp, a first-time exhibitor with Mercury Bay Art Escape. Looking upon a photograph by Kate Beauchamp of tauhou (waxeye bird) taken in her garden as it perches on a vintage teacup, its silver-surrounded eye expresses light and life through the tiniest fleck. In another composition, Kate ‘extends’ the depth of colour and texture of a cluster of hibiscus flowers by using light against a black background. The result draws you into the photograph and holds you captive. While Kate has been a photographer...

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Family picnic day to celebrate Children’s Day

The inaugural event, held at the Whitianga Bike Park in 2023, proved popular with attendees saying it should become an annual event.  With Lions as the organisers, it also helped raise money for Project Mammogram. This year, Matilda the time travelling fairy and her fairy helpers return for more incredible face-painting and magical bubbles; there’ll be egg and spoon races and a bear hunt, along with music on the centre stage from various performers. Such activities work up an appetite for big and little people alike, and you can’t beat a barbecue sausage or a creamy ice cream to satisfy those...

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The ‘reach’ for mammograms

Project Mammogram committee chairman, Mike Brown of Whitianga Lions Club says achieving that first milestone is due to the support the communities in the Coromandel have given to this fundraiser. Both Whitianga and Mercury Bay Lions Clubs and Mercury Bay Lions Club members are spear heading the fundraising but many community organisations and individuals have also contributed. The goal is to offer a public/private general mammogram service that will be more convenient for anyone wanting a screening mammogram. Biennial screening appointments will be able to be made at any time throughout the...

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