Western Leader : November 5th 2010
www.westernleader.co.nz Friday, November 5, 2010 Toyworld Xmas Clearance Store Now Open in Lynnmall, New Lynn Hundreds of awesome Xmas specials instore now LYNNMALL TOYWORLD GREAT NORTH ROAD VERONICA STREET TOTARA AVENUE FANTASTIC TOYS at FA ANT TA ASTI FANTASTIC PRICES Raid on sick boy's home By STEPHEN FORBES Crime victims: Kavahn Taumatauka, 6, and his mum Jacqi Sanders are appealing for stolen goods to be returned. Flashback, below: The story in the Western Leader in July. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES SIX-YEAR-OLD leukaemia patient Kavahn Taumatauka was delighted when the Make a Wish Foundation converted the family garage into a giant games room. But he was devastated this week when thieves stole his PlayStation 3 console, his mother's purse and an iPod from their Massey home. The foundation gave Kavahn toys and games, including the PlaySta- tion console, so he could have fun at home without the risk of picking up potentially lethal germs outside. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in October last year and has been having chemotherapy since. Infection is his greatest enemy while his body is weak and the youngster couldn't play outdoor sports or go swimming. Kavahn had loaded movies and his favourite game on to the console and is upset by the theft. His mum Jacqi Sanders is appeal- ing for help from the public to get the stolen items back. I don't know whether its some- one local or some opportunistic kids who stole the goods. I think it's totally unfair. We've only been in this place for two weeks,'' she says. In my purse there were petrol vouchers from the Child Cancer Foundation, movie tickets we'd been given, photos of the kids, my driver's licence, all those kinds of things.'' Jacqi is appealing to the thieves to do the right thing and hand the goods into the police. She says the family has been under a lot of pressure and the bur- glary on Sunday night has added to their worries. I took a leave of absence from work when Kavahn was diagnosed and I've just gone back to part-time work. And Kavahn's spent the last couple of weeks in hospital because he had a low blood count.'' Unfortunately it's not the first time the family has been targeted by thieves and Jacqi says she can- not afford the excess to put in an insurance claim. This is the third time we've been burgled in two years,'' she says. Our insurance excess has skyrocketed.''
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