Manukau Courier : November 11th 2010
4 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS 319 East Tamaki Road, East Tamaki one weekend only TILE SALE DIRECT FROM THE IMPORTER Saturday 7.30am -- 4pm Sunday 8am -- 4pm -Tiles start from just $10m2! -Over 5000m2 of tiles -HUGE selection of wall & floor tiles, plus accessories EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!! Ph 2734257 13th and 14th of November Do o o ? Yo o il d p o , fé o o p op ppli . E ll i i diff d q i ig o . T o of p i d i p i li ill lp o oo o fo o d . T l o di o 0800 2 STATE (0800 278 283) od . Pl f r l d nly, f y k n w p l y r j n r y r x ng r y 4 D r, y ld w n 1 f 4 pr f $2,500 . F r T r & C nd n g www. . .n /B n -P l . COLENSO1456 Boost for Ronald McDonald House By IMOGEN NEALE From left: Fairfax group sales and marketing manager Sandra King, Ronald McDonald House chief executive Wayne Howett and Auckland mayor Len Brown with a cheque for $60,000 from Round the Bays. Photo: BEN WATSON ' I've been there -- I've seen how important it is for families to be together. And when you're a child things are magnified. ' Mayor Len Brown Mayor Len Brown knows how important it is to have family around when you re critically ill.He suffered a massive heart attack onstage at a public event in 2008 and his wife Shan Inglis was diag- nosed with throat cancer earlier this year. Both have also spent days and nights sitting by hospital beds, watching over their daughters. So Mr Brown nodded know- ingly as Ronald McDonald House chief executive Wayne Howett showed him around the organisation s newest home away from home for patients and their families. My family stayed 24/7 with me for about two weeks, Mr Brown says. I ve been there. I ve seen how important it is for famil- ies to be together. And when you re a child things are mag- nified. The ability to stay in hos- pital or close at hand is criti- cal to a child s wellbeing. The multi-storey building down the road from the Starship children s hospital will boast 18 family rooms and a manager s unit once refurbishments are complete. Rooms will vary in size and layout according to a family s needs. One will be completed thanks to $60,000 raised by participants in the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run earlier this year. Families staying in the house will also have access to a full-scale communal kitch- en, playground and barbecue area. Naturally parents want to be at the side of their child in hospital but many out-of- town parents can t afford the accommodation costs, Mr Howett says. Being able to provide a place to stay free of charge, right by the hospital, takes some of the stress out of what is a very heart-wrenching time. Such a facility doesn t come cheap and Mr Howett says funding is one of the greatest challenges facing Ronald McDonald House. The new building cost $4.5 million to buy, $2.5m to refurbish and will have an annual operat- ing budget of $1.5m. This is why cheques like the one from Fairfax Media and Ports of Auckland are so warmly received. Ronald McDonald House would like to say a big thank you to Fairfax Media and the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays for generously giving the proceeds from this years run. Without Round the Bays this room would not have been possible, Mr Howett says. Fairfax Media chief execu- tive Allen Williams says it s wonderful that more than 70,000 people have contri- buted to the family room through Round the Bays. It s so fitting that so many people have helped to make this room happen because the room will benefit many New Zealand families, Mr Wil- liams says. Fairfax Media publishes the Manukau Courier.
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