Manukau Courier : January 16th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz NEWS Donations make holiday special By SARAH CODDINGTON Cancer battler Clinton Tata and his family had a wonderful festive season thanks to the generosity of South Aucklanders. The Manukau Courier reported Clinton’s story when he came forward just before Christmas seeking help for vital overseas treatment. The 36-year-old father-of-five has been battling kidney cancer since August and has been given limited time to live. The family was overwhelmed to receive $36,000 from complete strangers to put towards paying for the treatment. Food donations and gifts also arrived from all over the country. Clinton told the Manukau Courier his ultimate wish was to see his children on Christmas morning. And with readers’ help it was the best Christmas ever, he says. His children were amazed when they saw the presents that had been donated, he says. ‘‘You should have seen my eldest son.’’ The Tatas were able to spent time in Whangarei over the holiday period and used some of their $200 Mad Butcher voucher to host a barbecue for the family on New Year’s Eve. ‘‘It was a really special time,’’ Clinton says. He had a setback after New Year and had to have a blood transfusion. He is still undergoing chemo- Volunteer for exercise app Keeping active could be as easy as installing a smartphone app. Auckland University researchers are looking for volunteers for a study into the effect of apps on young people’s exercise levels. Participants will have apps installed on their phones or iPods and take part in an eightweek programme to improve their fitness. Participants will receive a $30 gift voucher. ❚ Call 373 7599 ext 85285 or email a.direito @nihi.auckland.ac.nz to volunteer. Compassionate and dedicated, our staff are here to help. Talk to us today about our FDANZ approved pre-paid & pre-planned funeral options. Howick: Cnr Picton & Walter MacDonald Sts | Ph. 533 7493 Manurewa: 88 Great South Rd | Ph. 267 2530 email@example.com | www.resthavenfunerals.co.nz Samoan arts group Giving hope: Cancer victim Clinton Tata is so grateful to all the people who helped make his family’s Christmas memorable. Photo: SARAH CODDINGTON therapy treatment and plans to undergo overseas treatment if he gets medical approval. The family wants to pay for specialised treatment to fight the cancer in Clinton’s lungs and abdomen. They plan to travel to Melbourne to get targeted radiotherapy on a 12cm tumour in his back. The money raised will be used to pay for that radiotherapy first and any funds left over will go towards a trip to Germany to get more treatment to remove lung tumours. People interested in learning about or teaching Samoan traditional arts and crafts are invited to join Meatuai. The Samoan Heritage Arts voluntary group is looking for new members and teachers. Call Tofa Pereira on 257 4062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 16, 2014 IN BRIEF Head1 5 Teens charged Three teenage boys have been charged with stealing three cars in 40 minutes. But quick reporting by members of the public led to their arrest early on January 6, Sergeant Michael Crabtree says. Two males from Otara, aged 15 and 17, and a 16-year-old from Manurewa have been charged over the thefts. Mr Crabtree says a Honda was stolen in Cockle Bay at 1.20am followed by a Subaru Forester in Highland Park at 1.30am. A witness saw the Subaru abandoned nearby and its occupants flee in a similar-looking Honda to the one taken 10 minutes earlier. A Mazda Familia stationwagon was then stolen from Pakuranga at 2am and the stolen Honda left nearby. The occupants of the Mazda fled when it was stopped by police about 2.15am but a dog squad found the three accused in a nearby reserve. The teenagers have been charged with three counts each of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
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