Western Leader : November 18th 2010
3 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 NEWS Westgate Shopping Centre Ph: 09 831 0230 25% OFF all games, puzzles & toys 31 Constellation Drive Friday & Saturday 9am till 4pm Sunday 10am till 3pm Cash and Eftpos Only GIANT BOOK SALE 3292717AA Best of Fresh for Less Normal Trading Hours: Monday to Sunday 7.30am -- 6.30pm WL18/11 Henderson 313 Lincoln Rd New Lynn Margan Ave 116 Hobsonville Rd Hobsonville (Hobsonville Hours 7am-7pm 7 days) Pioneer Plaza Henderson All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin Agria Potatoes $5.99bag Fresh Tomatoes $4.49kg Fresh Courgettes $2.49bag Truss Tomatoes $4.49kg Fresh Snow Peas $2.99bag Gold Pineapples $3.49ea Philippines 200g 5kg Telegraph Cucumbers $1.99ea Pukekohe Shanghai Bok Choy 79cbag 800g Buy USA Anjou Pears, beintoWIN one of five $500 Fr uit World vouchers Dedicated to saving lives Old equipment: Dr Richard Wong She with the older operating microscope used by his team at the National Burn Centre. Photo: JUSTIN LATIF By JUSTIN LATIF OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust TOP burns specialist Richard Wong She will miss part of his daughter s 13th birthday on December 3. But that s a sacrifice he is willing to make for his patients. Dr Wong She is asking you to con- sider paying a much smaller price to help the National Burn Centre get the equipment it desperately needs. He will be among those attending a Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust fundraising dinner on his daughter s big day. The evening is being held as part of the trust s Operation Heal -- a project aimed at raising $200,000 for a state of the art operating microscope. Dr Wong She says the microscope will make sure about 100 people a year receive the operations they need. It will help burn victims, breast cancer patients and those with serious limb injuries. What we re using now is almost a decade old and has fallen into a state of disrepair, the father of two says. We have seven surgeons who specialise in this type of procedure but only one and half older microscopes. It s like having a team of courier drivers but only an old bedford van for them all to use. One patient eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new microscope is 15-year-old Jimi Harper. The wall of his stomach was blown out by a stray 11,000 volt power line and he s been waiting since 2003 for an operation to prop- erly repair it. The operation is not possible without this microscope, Dr Wong She says. So we will be able to finally fulfil that promise to Jimi that we made seven years ago. Dr Wong She also had to skip his nine-year-old daughter s birthday this year because he was training junior doctors. He says missing important family milestones is necessary when lives are at stake. It s hard having to explain to my daughters why I missed their recitals, birthdays, and prize- givings. But I m willing to make these sacrifices because I know I can make a big difference. He says all the staff at the National Burn Centre are now gear- ing up for their busiest time of the year. We see a definite peak about November, December and January. Holiday plus sun plus alcohol equals badness. So while the rest of the country is enjoying themselves -- we re dealing with the carnage. The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust will hold a corporate charity dinner at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre on December 3. Guest speaker Prime Minister John Key will be interviewed by broadcaster Paul Holmes during a night of glamour designed to raise funds for the National Burn Unit. Newstalk ZB host Kerre Wood- ham will be MC and comedian Ewen Gilmour will put a few smiles on everyone s faces. The evening starts at 7.30pm and includes live and silent auctions and music from the band Black Salt. A cheque will be handed over to the National Burn Centre at the end of the function. Tickets cost $1850 + GST for a table of 10 or $185 + GST per per- son. Call Shandall on 531-5910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. IN BRIEF Police on hunt Henderson police are on the hunt for Norman David Lakalaka. Lakalaka is wanted for breach of a protection order and court conditions. People are advised not to approach him. Contact Wells Albert at the Henderson police on 839-0632 if you know of his whereabouts. Lucky winners Congratulations to Nick McCool from Te Atatu South who won the Nostalgic Nosh cookbook and Patricia Meaden from Titirangi who won a copy of Born a Hindu, Die a Hindu? in Western Leader readers competitions. Volunteers needed On average, three people are diagnosed HIV positive in New Zealand every week. The New Zealand AIDS Foundation's annual appeal is on November 26. Donations are acknowledged with the traditional red ribbon, which people are encouraged to wear on December 1, which is World AIDS Day. If you would like to volunteer as a collector on November 26, visit www.nzaf.org.nz and fill in the form. Bikes for kids As part of Variety's 21st anniversary celebrations, 450 children around the country have been given brand new bikes and helmets, and 75 of them were in Waitakere. Children were nominated by parents and teachers for a variety of reasons including making a difference to their community, being a role model to their peers or overcoming adversity in their lives. Visit www.westernleader.co.nz to see Dr Richard Wong She explain why New Zealand's National Burn Centre needs your support.
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