Manukau Courier : December 7th 2010
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Gifts make world of difference APPEAL HRISTMAS APPEAL Merry Christmas: Marlena Raki says getting presents from the Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas Appeal last year really put a smile on her children Grace and Terence Lowe's faces. Photo: SIMON WATTS By JESSIE COLQUHOUN SOLO mum Marlena Raki knows what it s like to be in need at Christmas time. She s been working with the Salvation Army s budget- ing adviser Maureen Martin for three years, trying to get herself out of debt. Last year she couldn t afford to buy presents for her children Grace and Terence Lowe. But the youngsters didn t go without thanks to the gen- erosity of the Manukau com- munity. Ms Raki got a parcel of donated Christmas presents including DVDs, soft toys and books from the Salvation Army for the kids -- and even something small for herself. Knowing they had a few presents under the tree was great, Ms Raki says. Just to see smiles on their faces was awesome. That s what Christmas is all about. The annual Manukau Courier and Salvation Army Christmas appeal collects donated Christmas presents for deserving families like Ms Raki and her children. It seeks donations of toys for children of all ages and non-perishable food items which will be distributed to south Auckland families and other community agencies that work closely with the Salvation Army. The appeal -- which closes on Friday -- asks for new or near-new toys because the army doesn t have the facili- ties to mend old or broken ones. Things are better for Ms Raki this year and she s look- ing forward to Christmas. She s been working hard with Mrs Martin and no longer uses clothing trucks, instead learning to save her money. Eight-year-old Grace has asked for a Barbie doll and six-year-old Terence wants Lego. Their mum feels she s in a position to buy these this year. Ms Raki is grateful for the generosity of the Salvation Army and everyone who donated to last year s appeal. It makes a big difference for families like us. It helps so much. She says she ll definitely donate in the future when she s a little better off financially. Mrs Martin says in her job she sees all kinds of families that need help at Christmas time. Some have virtually got nothing and it s good to be able to help them. I think this appeal is excellent in that way -- it s helping all those people, she says. People have until Friday to make donations to the Manukau Courier and Sal- vation Army Christmas Appeal. Collection points for the appeal include libraries in Clendon, Papatoetoe, Manu- rewa, Otara, Tupu Dawson Rd, Manukau city centre, Mangere Bridge, Otahuhu, Mangere East and the Sir Edmund Hillary library in Papakura. The Salvation Army offices in Bakerfield Place, Manu- kau, and Clevedon Rd, Papa- kura, are also collection points, as is the Manukau Courier office at 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. Cheque donations can also be posted to the Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau. Make cheques out to the Salvation Army. Sallies need toys The Salvation Army is sending out an extra heartfelt plea to all Manukau residents to get behind this year's Christmas appeal which is ''desperately short'' on toys. Service manager Ross Richards says the army's having to buy toys to make up for the shortfall but he's afraid they'll run out of money soon. He encourages all of Manukau to ''open up your hearts and be generous''. But you'll have to be fast -- the appeal closes this Friday. It's important for people to donate toys now so they can be sorted and delivered to deserving families in time for Christmas, Mr Richards says. Relief for motorists as rail overbridges reopen By KAREN MANGNALL Relief is at hand for motorists frustrated by KiwiRail s work on Papatoetoe s two rail over- bridges. All four lanes on the St George St overbridge are now open again -- five days ahead of schedule. Traffic has been down to a lane each way since late Sept- ember while contractors pre- pared for its replacement as part of Auckland s $1 billion rail electrification project. Project director Murray Hood says the overbridge will stay open until Boxing Day. We know the lane closures on St George St have disrupted traffic in the area and we re very appreciative of the patience local residents and motorists have shown while the work has been car- ried out, he says. The St George St overbridge will be closed com- pletely from Boxing Day until January 16 while it s demolished and rebuilt. Bridge St remains closed until late January as prelim- inary works and the main construction are carried out. The complete closure at Christmas will allow us to meet our targets for bridge clearance works across the southern line as we head into next year, Mr Hood says. To prepare for electric trains in 2013, KiwiRail is replacing overbridges or low- ering tracks in more than 20 places and installing new sig- nalling systems, masts and overhead wires. In Manurewa the Jutland Rd overbridge has already reopened after being rebuilt. It will be the main traffic detour while the overbridges at Browns Rd and Station Rd are closed from Boxing Day. Browns Rd is due to reopen in early February and Station Rd at the end of January. This week Station Rd is closed until midnight on Wednesday. Manurewa shopping centre access remains open via Great South Rd and Station Rd East.
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