Manukau Courier : November 16th 2010
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, November 16, 2010 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust proudly present their WE NEED YOUR HELP to help the National Burn Centre An ideal way to entertain clients and staff while supporting a very worthy cause. With special guest speaker The Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister who will be interviewed on stage by Paul Holmes CNZM. Your MC - Kerre Woodham, with entertainment by Ewen Gilmour and dance the night away with Black Salt. Includes superb three course dinner and complimentary drinks. All proceeds to the National Burn Centre. Friday 3 December From 7.30pm at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre Tickets are $1850+gst for a table of 10. BOOK NOW! Phone Shandall on 09-531-5910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We're doing our bit By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Christmas cheer: Reporter Jessie Colquhoun, right, and advertising sales representative Rachael Veale check out some toys for the office Secret Santa from Toyworld Manukau. Photo: SIMON WATTS ST HRISTMAS APPEAL GIVING Christmas to a child who might otherwise go without is some- thing businesses can get right behind. Even Secret Santa can get in on the act. The annual Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas appeal started last week and it's looking for support from the busi- ness community. The appeal seeks donations of near or near-new toys for children of all ages and non-perishable food items which are distributed to deserving south Auckland families and other community agencies that work closely with the Salvation Army. Staff at the Manukau Courier, Eastern Courier and Papakura Courier offices in East Tamaki decided to get right behind the appeal in 2009. Like many businesses, they have an annual Secret Santa event, exchanging presents -- usually funny -- with their workmates. But last year, because of the recession, they decided the gifts should go to the appeal instead. They still had fun selecting toys that matched the personalities of the people they were buying for. It just didn't feel right to be spending money on presents for each other when there are so many kids in need,'' editor Judith Tucker says. Itwasalotoffunanditwasa great feeling to be helping others.'' This year the staff were over- whelmingly in favour of repeating the appeal. I'd urge other businesses who have Secret Santas to do the same thing. It's a lot of fun and you get a tremendous sense of satisfaction helping people in the community that supports your business,'' Ms Tucker says. Salvation Army operations assist- ant Julz Mariu says companies sometimes back the appeal for a couple of years then drop off for various reasons. But the Sallies would like as many as possible back on board this year because they help the appeal immeasurably''. They are vital. They're just as important as the person who gives one present.'' Last year one company showed its generosity by buying bulk cricket sets and skateboards -- perfect for hard-to-buy-for teenage boys. There are lots of different ways businesses can help as well as Secret Santas, Ms Mariu says. Companies are welcome to ring the Sallies to see what they're short of or social clubs could donate their monthly fees and buy toys instead. Monetary donations are always a blessing as well.'' Ms Mariu is encouraging the whole Manukau community to get behind this year's appeal. Donations are starting to come in -- slowly but surely''. Luckily there's still plenty of time left to get involved. The Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas appeal ends on Decem- ber 10. Collection points Collection points for the Christmas Appeal are libraries in Clendon, Papatoetoe, Manurewa, Otara, Tupu Dawson Road, Manukau city centre, Mangere Bridge, Otahuhu, Mangere East and the Sir Edmund Hillary library in Papakura. The Salvation Army offices in Bakerfield Place, Manukau and Clevedon Rd, Papakura are also collection points, as is the Manukau Courier reception at 33 Birmingham Rd in East Tamaki. Cheque donations can also be posted to the Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau. Make cheques out to the Salvation Army.
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