Manukau Courier : March 1st 2011
4 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS 175/70R13 $79.00 185/65R14 $99.00 205/55R16 $129.00 205/70R15 $129.00 265/70R16 $219.00 PASSENGER 67 East Tamaki Rd, Papatoetoe Email: email@example.com 0800 462 477 4WD www.thetyrestore.co.nz for more monthly specials or Library to improve A school library will be looking healthier after it gets the bash this week. Manurewa South School will receive new books for its library when Variety -- The Children s Charity brings the Variety Bash to greater Auckland on March 7. From March 5-12, the convoy of more than 30 quirky old cars, fire engines and other vehicles will travel from the Bay of Plenty to the Bay of Islands distributing more than $125,000 in grants to sick, dis- abled and disadvantaged Kiwi kids and raising funds along the way. We are so excited to be handing out 11 grants in the greater Auck- land region as the Bash passes through, Variety events and fundraising manager Jodi Preston- Thomas says, Giving back to the community by helping deserving kids is what the Bash is all about. Variety is dedicated to helping disadvantaged Kiwi kids to reach their full potential through grants for items that fill the gaps that other organisations or the govern- ment don t fund. Manurewa South is receiving books as part of its School Literacy Day to encourage a love of reading in the children. Since its inception in New Zea- land in 1989, Variety has distrib- uted more than $12 million to Kiwi kids in need. Go to www.variety.org.nz to make a donation to Variety to help a child in your area. Go to www.manukaucourier. co.nz to see the Variety Bash vintage fire engine in action. Auction to keep kids safe Colour me purple: The Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Foundation is planning a charity auction on March 3 to raise money for a personal safety programme for preschool children. From left: Help fundraising and marketing manager Alison Kovach, entertainer and auction host Michele A'Court and organiser Maureen Harvey. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL A one-off charity auction this week raises money for a cause that could improve children s lives. The Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Foundation, or Help, is pull- ing together support for Colour Me Purple. Money raised at the Parnell event will go towards a pro- gramme for preschool children called We Can Keep Safe, which is taught with the help of puppets to help children distinguish between safe and unsafe situations. Help fundraising and market- ing manager Alison Kovach says 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the non-profit foundation. Help has been running since the early 1980s. It s a personal safety programme taught in preschools. Sexual abuse is only one aspect of the programme, Miss Kovach says. It teaches kids to recognise situations they feel uncomfortable with. It s about teaching them to express themselves and feel com- fortable describing things. It s an early prevention programme. The six-week programme is pro- vided in 20 Auckland preschools. The more we re able to raise means the more children we re able to reach in the Auckland community so our dream is to hold the programme in as many schools as possible, Miss Kovach says. Entertainer and comedian Michele A Court is set to host the auction and says it s a cause close to her heart. It s always nice to do a show where the audience supports the cause. There ll be some fantastic bargains. I m always open to doing things which benefit women and children. The courses are practical too. Administrator and organiser Maureen Harvey created the event and is excited to see it come to fruition. Charity items will include a Shortland Street experience, a day out fishing for four on a 45-foot launch, a year s family movie pass, a return trip on the Overlander or a car for the week- end. Ms Harvey is hoping the night will raise $20,000. I knew about Help when it first started. People will know that everything will go to the charity. We wondered what we could call it. Breast cancer is pink and prostate cancer is blue so I thought: Why don t we do purple? . Purple is also a colour com- monly connected to women s organisations. Colour Me Purple is on March 3, 6.30pm at the Fables, 8 George St, Parnell. Tickets are $30. Call Miss Kovach on 623-1700 or 027-417- 7747 to buy tickets or donate an auction item.
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