Manukau Courier : November 9th 2010
19 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS PAPATOETOE COSMOPOLITAN CLUB 53 Rangitoto Road, Papatoetoe Ph: 09 278 8109 Fax: 09 278 1596 W: www.papcossie.co.nz OPEN DAY Sunday 14th November 2.30pm Open to all interested persons Meet at the club at 2.30pm for a guided tour of the premises and facilities at 2.45pm All enquiries to main o ce Ph 278 8109 Call now on 278 3380 to book your FREE in home consultation. firstname.lastname@example.org www.zenithkitchens.co.nz Ph 0800 4 Zenith or 278 3380 Showroom 77 Shirley Rd, Papatoetoe Now open Sat 10-2pm Act NOW kitchens must be confirmed by 3 November to ensure pre Christmas installation. Need a Second Quote? 7year Guarantee *conditions apply. bring in your plans and we'll give you FREE Installation valued up to $700 & Advertising Feature Business enterprise Just walking a huge step Walk on by: William Thornton-Pert takes a stroll in his Hart Walker with dad Mark at a Hart Walker Clinic held in Papakura. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO By HINERANGI VAIMOSO It s been a little more than five years since Wil- liam Thornton-Pert took his first steps. And judging from the excitement in his tone and his kicks, it s obvi- ous the 12-year-old loves doing nothing more than strolling about in his Hart Walker. William was the first to arrive at a clinic run by the Papakura Lions Club last Thursday where children with severe physical disabili- ties are given the chance to do what many of us take for granted. Those visiting the clinic were either having their Hart Walker adjusted for their growth over the past six months or were being fitted for the first time. For children like Wil- liam, who was born with cerebral palsy, the Hart Walker provides a chance to be a normal boy. While his condition doesn t allow him control over the upper half of his body, he s now able to walk with confidence. Oh, he loves it, dad Mark says. We have to steer him in a particular direction because he can t do that himself but let him go for it and he s off. Seeing William walk for the first time was an emotional event his father will never forget. The young battler tries togetinatleastanan hour a day on his Hart Walker which helps his circulation and growth. The weekend sees him in his walker for a few hours a day at his Pakuranga home, at the supermarket or even in the shopping mall where he s now able to touch items around him. The Hart Walker is described as a metal skeleton which acts as a handsfree walking aid that William is strapped into. While it looks deceptively simple, the walker has up to 1000 working components that can be adjusted as the child grows. The adjustment is done by an orthotist and physiotherapist and caters for the child s natural growth and physical development. Health benefits can include improved circu- lation, respiration, diges- tive system, muscle con- trol, balance and co- ordination. Social benefits include a positive personality change, increased self esteem, better interac- tion with others and social communication. The Hart Walker gets no government funding and can cost around $10,000 each. Lions clubs have ral- lied to raise funds for about 80 Hart Walkers over the years. See the website www. lionsclubs.org.nz/ hartwalker for further information. Elite decision is easy FROM Page 18 Elite installed a custom tiled shower with walk- in style frameless glass, and reinstalled the existing vanity and toilet to keep within budget. Tonia obtained a number of quotes. The quote from Elite was significantly cheaper than others and the total professionalism of the Elite team was a deciding factor. Tonia says Laura Stevenson, one of Elite s qualified design consul- tants, was absolutely superb . She came up with several designs, offered a choice of start dates and made sure Tonia was happy with everything at all stages of the project. Tonia has recom- mended Elite Bath- roomware to friends intending to upgrade their bathrooms. Elite Bathroomware now has special deals on a wide range of bathroom products - while stocks last! 15 New Zealand- made floorstanding 900mm vanities with a china top are ready to go at $499 including GST, be in quick! There are also special offers on Grohe shower sliders, shower and basin mixers, European toilets and New Zealand heated towel rails. New real wood vanities with soft close drawers are now available at very com- petitive prices - don t miss out! To find out more about Elite Bathroomware, visit the showroom at 1D Lady Ruby Drive, East Tamaki, phone 274-7030 or go to www.elitebathroomware .co.nz.
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