Western Leader : December 3rd 2010
6 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 3, 2010 NEWS The Mad Butcher And Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Invites You To A Sunday 12 December at Ellerslie Racecourse Every year we say THANK YOU to the people of Auckland for their fantastic support with this FREE day out for the whole family. Start The Holiday Season In Style Entertainment - and Father Christmas will be there! FREE Ice Cream for Kids FREE FREE GAMES & RIDES for Kids Mad Butcher Sausage Sizzle FREE FREE Entrance to Ellerslie Racecourse Please note: Please do not bring your own alcohol on to the premises. New licencing laws restrict this and bags may be searched and any alcohol confiscated. (and the Mad Butcher's famous "Lolly Scramble") IN BRIEF Christmas wishes The children of west Auckland better get in quick to post their wish lists to Santa. They have until December 15 to post their letters in a street mailing box or drop them off in special mailing boxes at Postshop outlets. The address is Mr Santa Claus, Santa's Workshop, North Pole 0001. Parents are advised to make sure there is a return address on the letter to ensure Santa can reply. Send your photos The west is a beautiful place -- particularly in summer. Show off your slice of paradise and send us your best photo of life in west Auckland in the summer. We'd like to publish a selection of them in the Western Leader. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know who's in the photo and where it was taken. Green awards Two local schools will be recognised for their work on sustainability through the Enviroschools programme next week. Green Bay School will be presented with its Silver Award on Tuesday while Henderson Valley School will receive its Green-Gold Award. Mayor Len Brown will hand over the awards at Owairaka School. Church invests in its community Homework improvement: Reverend Vaitu'ulala Ngahe proudly displays the Rosebank Peninsula Community Church's new computers, bought with a grant from the Methodist church. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY Reverend Vaitu'ulala Ngahe is a big believer in a church creating a strong link with its community. That's why he's working on turning the Rosebank Penin- sula Church in Avondale into a community centre as well as a church. For the past two years he and his team have been work- ing on fundraising and obtaining grants from organ- isations to update the centre. This includes five new com- puters for a homework lab, new carpet, curtains, light fittings and a kitchen. Rev Ngahe is so happy with the outcome it's time to cele- brate. There will be an open day on December 11 to thank all the donors, sponsors and other community members who have contributed to the project. There will be Christmas carols and a chance to look around the centre. Rev Ngahe says it hasn't been easy. The church had a massive vision but there were no resources so it's been a diffi- cult process.'' Grants from the Methodist Church of New Zealand and Trusts Charitable Foun- dation have been used to update and buy resources. A lot of the work was car- ried out by offenders from Community Probation and Psychological Services in New Lynn. We're a church still but a hub for the community as well,'' Rev Ngahe says. We're trying to respond to the social needs of the area,'' he says. He says education is an important part of this so the church has a homework cen- tre open two nights a week and students can get help with their studies. They can use the internet for research, which they may not have access to at home. The church is used for meetings and is also available for other community groups to use. This is about us engaging with our community,'' Rev Ngahe says. We need to be able to walk the talk.'' Members of the public are welcome to attend the Christmas carol and open day from 1pm onwards. Call Rev Ngahe on 027-320-6841 for more information.
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