Manukau Courier : January 21st 2010
4 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 21, 2011 NEWS SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES Teenager gets her chance to pursue dream Winner: Halyma Nguyen, pictured with foster mum Gwyen Allen, has won a national William Wallace award. By MELISSA KINEALY A teenager who s been a fos- ter child since she was a baby has scooped a national award that will help make her future even brighter. Manurewa s Halyma Nguyen was one of seven young people to land a Wil- liam Wallace Tertiary Award, giving her $3000 to put towards her future studies. The awards are run by Child, Youth and Family to honour people in care. The 18-year-old was nomi- nated by her social worker. Her dedication to her school studies, music, drama and dance made her a strong contender. She s a self- confessed hard worker when it comes to her studies -- last year she passed with merits in grade five theory of music and and also in flute. I like doing it and I just do it to the best of my ability. I have high expectations for myself. She headed to Wellington with her foster mum Gwyen Allen in late December for the awards ceremony in Parliament s Grand Hall and was presented with a framed certificate and a goodie bag. I was really stoked, I didn t think I was going to get it, she says. Guest speaker at the awards ceremony was rugby league star Steve Price who shared messages of self belief and encouragement. Having now finished at The Manurewa High School, Halyma s set her studying sights on Auckland Univer- sity. I m keen to pursue science and think it would be great to study marine biology and do research trips to places like Antarctica, she says. If you really want some- thing you can just go for it. The awards are named after William Wallace, a Wel- lington man who worked in the film industry and later moved to Australia. He left a bequest to Child, Youth and Family which helps young people pursue their dreams. St John under pressure over the holiday period By DAVID TAURANGA The Christmas holiday per- iod was horrendously busy for St John staff in Counties Manukau. But the birth of two babies en route to hospital on one shift helped lift the spirits of one ambulance officer. South operations team manager Patricia Carlyle says the south was the busiest of the Auckland reg- ion s three districts and most of the call-outs were med- ical-related. We did respond to assaults and car crashes over the holiday period but not to the extent of our medi- cal call-outs, she says. Some days there weren t enough ambulances to meet demands so people who didn t have life-threatening injuries had longer waits. Officers called out to car crashes were still finding people who had not been wearing their seat belts which was greatly disap- pointing , Mrs Carlyle says. Also disappointing was the number of patients who had drunk too much alcohol -- males and females aged in their teens up to the mid- 20s. It s a concern over the holidays because people are not going to work the next day so some drink exces- sively. Of the medical call-outs, the most common were for cardiac arrests, asthma attacks and abdominal pains. Cardiac arrests increased on previous years and Mrs Carlyle is urging people to undertake first aid or CPR courses this year. Most asthma attacks were because inhalers had run out and people had not stocked up before the holidays. And there was an increase in patients with abdominal pain, one of the hardest things to diagnose in the field, she says. Most of the cases attended were unrelated to over-eating. I think people were so busy leading up to Christmas they let their health go. Then they stopped running around like mad- men and realised they were quite unwell. But one good story to come out of the holiday period was the St John officer who delivered two babies on separate occasions during one shift. Mrs Carlyle says on both occasions the female officer had been on the way to the hospital when the babies came. They didn t get to hos- pital in time and the babies came quickly. They were both uncomplicated births. Delivering babies is prob- ably one of the nicest jobs we do.
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