Manukau Courier : November 16th 2010
6 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS 2900915AK ST JOHNS COTTAGES AVAILABLE NOW 1 and 2 bedroom cottages in an established, friendly community. Some newly refurbished, all with garages. Choose from a number of comfortable, spacious, well appointed and established homes with different outlooks. AVAILABLE FROM $175,000 To find out more call Helen Kingi on (021) 278 0026 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org OG1283 Make our home your home. When making the decision to move to a retirement village, St Johns Retirement Village offers a reassuring solution for seniors at a stage in their lives where comfort, security and a sense of place and belonging are paramount. Well appointed cottages Low maintenance brick and tile construction Range of affordable options Park like setting, private and secluded Independent living with strong community links Family-friendly environment Convenient to Hunter's Corner shops and medical centre Your comfort and wellbeing is assured: OPEN FOR VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT: ST JOHNS RETIREMENT VILLAGE: 7a Konini Avenue Papatoetoe Auckland 2025 THE TILE SHOPPE Builders, Developers, Homeowners WALL TILES * FLOOR TILES 80 Great South Rd, Otahuhu Ph: 276 9381 Monday - Friday 8.30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12noon Charles Norager & Son Ltd END OF YEAR STORE CLEARANCE LAST CHANCE BARGAINS GET IN BEFORE XMAS 3250334AA You can trust St John Only St John medical alarms connect directly to St John and are installed by uniformed St John staff. Call 0800 50 23 23 for more information. STJOHN0910 Text emergency service for deaf Text alert: Judith Serfontein is pleased she and others in the deaf community can now send a text message to access the 111 service. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By NICOLA WILLIAMS Deaf mother Judith Serfontein was unable to contact 111 when her toddler nearly drowned in 2001. It would be a different story today thanks to a new text messaging ser- vice that puts deaf people straight through to the emergency com- munications centre. Mrs Serfontein rushed her two-year-old son to hospital in a car because she couldn't call 111. Another person at the scene called an ambu- lance but Ms Serfontein didn't know that because of communication diffi- culties. She says she would now be empowered with the ability to call 111 if a similar situation arose again. For me it's amazing and it's a really big thank you to Deaf Aotea- roa for working with the emergency services to set it up.'' She taught her chil- dren to call 111 in a crisis but felt they were too young for the res- ponsibility. I feel independent, I don't have to find a hear- ing person to help me and then have the possi- bility of a communication breakdown.'' She says the deaf com- munity is gobsmacked and really excited'' about the service. It's another tool to help deaf people become more indepen- dent, she says. The information they need to get across is really simple because their address is logged under their number.'' Mrs Serfontein says text messaging is the main form of communi- cation for many deaf people. She is proud New Zealand is the first in the world to offer the service. And deaf people will be able to help others if they witness an accident. The service will be extended to texting Civil Defence information in a natural disaster when most people would rely on a radio to receive information. Deaf people miss out on that information too.'' Go to www.deaf.org.nz for information on registering for the service.
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