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Donations boost total for Project Mammogram

The Project Mammogram committee says the donations came from two local people who wanted to make a real difference to the well-being of women in this community through early detection of breast cancer.  The lives of both of the donors had been touched by breast cancer and their concern and care went out to anyone affected by breast cancer. Project Mammogram committee chairperson, Mike Brown says: “With such significant donations coming in, we are now fully focused on finding a Mammogram operator and a site for the unit.  However, we still need to complete the last $50,000 of fundraising as...

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The Shoe Boxes are a miracle gift

Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to gift and honour children in need across the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. The boxes are collected locally and distributed all across the world. New Zealand packed shoe boxes go to the Pacific Islands and further. Packing a Christmas Shoe Box: Boxes are packed specifically for boys and for girls. You can choose the age and the gender. Robyn Balfour is the local and regional co-ordinator of Operation Christmas Child. “People are very generous,” Robyn said. “Every year we send hundreds...

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Announcing proven organisation working on the Peninsula – Pathways

Dita Donaldson, Social Worker; Julie Holden, Service and Relationship Manager; and Don Hamblyn, Teach Coach – all from Pathways. Don was accompanied by Julie Holden, the Service and Relationship Manager for Pathways, and Dita Donaldson, one of Pathway’s Social Workers. Pathways is a national service organisation, supporting people with drug, alcohol, and mental health concerns. It is a mobile service that takes referrals from the person concerned their family, the GP or other local organisations. Pathways has been operating for over ten years in the Hauraki area, and has expanded to cover...

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Volunteers – what would we do without them?

Community leaders and hosts of Honouring Volunteers Day – Peter McKenzie and Caroline Hobman (Community Board members), Rekha Giri-Percival (TCD Councillor), Bess Kingi (Community Board member), Helena Stratford (TCDC Area Administrator), Leith Jackson (Westpac Rescue Helicopter Hangar), Deli Connell (TCD Councillor), John Grant (TCD Councillor), Heather Bruce (TCDC Manager), Sheryll Fitzpatrick (TCDC Social Navigator). The lunch was held at the Westpac Trust Rescue Helicopter Hangar on Moewai Road. The event was opened with a Karakia led by councillor Deli Connell; lunch was served; and afterwards,...

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Isaiah off to train in skateboarding in USA

Isaiah skateboarding at the Whitianga Skate Park. Isaiah, a student at Mercury Bay Area School and highly skilled competitive skateboarder, has been working hard for some time to raise the funds to fulfil this dream. He is very grateful for the help of the Whitianga and wider community. “I have had so much support from a whole bunch of people.” Isaiah practises at his local Whitianga Skate Park. It has been terrific for training and practising and now there is the new Tairua one as well. “At this skateboarding school, I can compare myself to the best skateboarders in the world and I will...

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Whitianga community Menzshed project – We Need Your help

However, retirement for many is also a time of emotional and mental turmoil as they adjust to a life that no longer revolves around the routines, social connections, and expectations of a career. This change can unfortunately bring about feelings of social isolation, a lack of purpose, a decline in self-belief and self-worth. Sadly, older males (men over 50) are over-represented in statistics around suicide ideation. The Menzshed is founded on the understanding of the need to address men’s health. It fosters a culture of connectedness and friendships, and a sense of belonging where men feel...

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Fashion – food and fun raises funds for Cancer Support

It was organised by Vickie Flynn and Mary Ray of Whitianga’s Stilo Design and Stilo Hair & Co. along with Daisy Calder, Chef and Manager of Basker. They were assisted by all their staff, plus a full hospitality team at Basker. There was lots of glamour – women of all ages and styles came in their gorgeousness. One ninety-year-old was seated right near the front of the action. It was a beautiful setting and the fashion parade took place among the guests seated rather than a catwalk. The menu was classy, tasty, delicious and bountiful. Everyone received a goodies bag on arrival and there...

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Pink Buns are back for Mother’s Day

Whitianga and Coromandel You can grab a pack outside Whitianga Woolworths (Countdown) on Saturday, May 11 with all money raised going to Whitianga Lions Club Project Mammogram. Woolworths has kindly donated the freshly baked buns in support of this community initiative. And for Pink Bun fans living further up the coast, grab your Mother’s Day Pink Buns at Coromandel Four Square, who love the support their community continues to give to Project Mammogram too.

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