Manukau Courier : November 5th 2010
5 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS WITH PASTORS PETER & BEV MORTLOCK MT WELLINGTON Mt Wellington Highway - Entrance, Aranui Rd, opposite Sylvia Park. Saturday 6pm - Sunday 10am & 6pm - All Welcome. 0800 CHURCH - www.cityimpactchurch.com IN BRIEF Cans festival The annual Cans Film Festival is just five days away. Movie fans can swap a can of food for a ticket to family blockbusters like Despicable Me, Karate Kid and the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Watties matches each donated can with one of its own. All cans go to stock up the Salvation Army's foodbanks for Christmas. Cans can be swapped now to be sure of a seat on festival night -- November 10 from 5pm. Participating theatres include Hoyts Botany and Sylvia Park and Event Cinemas at Manukau and Highland Park. See www.watties.co.nz for full screening details. Red Rainbow day Cure Kids families from around Auckland are being shouted a Red Nose fun day at Rainbow's End tomorrow. Entertainment will include Angela Bloomfield from Shortland Street, Vince Harder, Erekah and Dziah Hip Hop Dance Troupe. Everyone's encouraged to wear red noses. The day will end with a rendition of the official red nose song: You make the whole world smile. The Cure Kids family fun day runs from 10am to 2pm, with the stage show from 11am to 12.30pm. See www.rednoseday.org.nz. Foster parents in high demand Family ties: Foster parents Julane and Ken Harnett and their sons, 21-year-old Kere, left, and Kenny Jnr, 12, enjoy the ebb and flow of an ever-expanding family. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By MELISSA KINEALY When Ken and Julane Harnett's dream of 10 kids of their own didn't work out they took a different approach. The couple decided to throw open their doors. And in four years they've fostered 15 children. We are here to do a job and keep them safe,'' Mrs Harnett says. But such generosity is unfortunate- ly all too rare, says IOSIS Family Solutions chief executive Ruby Dun- can who pairs children with foster families. People like the Harnetts are in high demand, she says. Her organisation has to turn needy children away because there simply aren't enough foster carers. The need is quite urgent and it far outweighs the availability,'' Mrs Dun- can says. The Harnetts started on their fostering path after seeing a foster child living with a friend's family. Four foster children are living with them at the moment along with sons Kere, 21, and 12-year-old Kenny Jnr, two cats, a dog and two turtles. There are treats and fun times and swimming in the family pool. But over all that sits one main rule -- respect for each other. Often the kids arrive with their heads down and with little confi- dence,'' Mrs Harnett says. We teach them to be proud of themselves, speak up and walk tall.'' For Kenny Jnr each new arrival is just like having another brother or sister. Big brother Kere is happy to be a bit of a role model and likes teach- ing them basketball skills. We've had toddlers right through to teens stay with us,'' Mr Harnett says. And we recently had a 14-year- old leave but she still calls us most days.'' The Harnetts say they get total support from IOSIS with regular visits to the family home. The Manurewa-based organisation is keen to provide a range of foster care, including respite for foster parents by taking the kids for a day in the weekend. Anyone interesting in foster parenting can attend an IOSIS infor- mation evening. See www.iosis.org.nz or phone 269-0050 for details. FOSTER CARE WEEK Foster care facts This is national foster care awareness week Child, Youth and Family have 5000 foster parents caring for children in need Care can range from fostering for a set period until the child returns to their own family, short-term emergency or respite care, to lifelong care for a child who can't return home Call 0508-227-377 to learn more about becoming a foster parent.
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