Western Leader : November 16th 2010
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Find out more *conditions may apply Edukids Montel Open Day Saturday 20th November, 10am-12pm Kidicorp for happy, confident learners End of Montel Ave, Henderson. For more info phone us 836 2647 ✔ Guided Tours of our New Centre ✔ Meet our passionate teachers ✔ Balloons and Bouncy Castle ✔ Morning Tea provided ✔ Hamper draw & Advertising Feature Business enterprise School uniforms on offer By NICOLA MURPHY Helping out: Janine Harris and Kiri Alexander are delighted their school uniform bank has come to fruition. If you re worrying about how you re going to afford your children s school uniforms next year you can stop panick- ing. VisionWest Commu- nity Trust s school uni- form bank provides free second-hand uniforms to families in need and was officially opened last week. Its pilot programme was run in January. This year. VisionWest com- munity chaplain Janine Harris came up with the idea after she became concerned with how expensive new school uniforms were. A basic set including shorts, a jumper and two tops can cost up to $300. People were more than willing to donate their old uniforms after they saw the Western Leader article, she says. We ve had really posi- tive feedback from schools. Co-ordinator Kiri Alexander worked with Mrs Harris on the proj- ect and volunteers her time to oversee it. Second-hand uniforms can be dropped into the VisionWest Community Trust office at 97 Glendale Rd, Glen Eden. The service is avail- able for community- service card holders and is open on Monday 9.30am to 12.30pm and Wednesday and Friday from noon to 3pm. Call 818-0708 for infor- mation. When trust matters If you are paying for insurances you don t need, or have no protec- tion where it s most important, it s time to call in the experts. Us Advice is a new insurance and KiwiSaver advisory practice with a twist, with customers receiving tailored advice that is all about their specific needs, goals and preferences. 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