Manukau Courier : March 7th 2014
6 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 7, 2014 NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz Golf tournament tees off to fight diabetes By SCOTT MORGAN Living with diabetes doesn’t have to be a trial – just ask Anne Longmuir. The Alfriston resident has successfully managed the type two version of the condition for about 20 years, but says it can be difficult for those newly diagnosed. ‘‘You can feel isolated and unsure and have to make quite a few basic changes. ‘‘What it does is put you into that different category. You’re nervous about going out for dinner because you don’t know what you can have.’’ That’s where the Diabetes New Zealand Auckland branch comes in, she says. It helps organise support groups in areas like Manukau and Manurewa, which Mrs Longmuir co-ordinates, and another group in East Auckland. Funding to help the sup- port groups is raised in several ways including events like the Living Life Well on the Green golf tournament. It’s being held at Pakuranga Golf Club on March 14 and is proudly supported by the Manukau Courier. A dietician and nurse employed by Diabetes Auckland regularly speak to the support groups about how to manage diabetes. ‘‘A lot of people when they Basic change: Ann Longmuir has successfully managed diabetes for 20 years by making lifestyle changes. are diagnosed are not given the information to manage it. Diabetes Auckland gives you that chance,’’ Mrs Longmuir says. ‘‘The support groups are great for people. They can talk to other people who have the same problem.’’ The organisation also has a helpline and a shop with diabetes-related products. Diabetes New Zealand Auckland branch manager Ruth Davy says funds raised from the golf tournament will also help deliver mobile diabetes awareness services, Introducing Fairfax Marketing Services: The full circle marketing solution for ADWORDS PREMIER SME PARTNER ISLAND Local Leads. Real Results. Business Websites Mobile Search Engine Optimisation Email Marketing Social Media HOP ’TIL YOU DROP Search Engine Ads Reputation Management Business Listings Newspaper Ads Online Ads p 0800 123 664 e firstname.lastname@example.org w fairfaxmarketingservices.co.nz provide health professional training and produce information pamphlets. ‘‘We receive no government funding. Your help is needed and what better way to do it than get the golf clubs out and have a game,’’ Ms Davy says. ➤CONTACTUS Call us with your news stories on 272 7017. ❚ Entries are $80 per person or $320 for a team of four. Contact services@diabetes auckland.org.nz or call 623 2508 to register. Or go to givealittle.co.nz/org/ DiabetesNZAB to give a donation if you can’t make the tournament. ➤FAST FACTS ❚ In Auckland the total population with prediabetes or diabetes is about 350,000 ❚ There are an estimated 40,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes in Auckland ❚ Diabetes costs New Zealand $250 million a year and it’s estimated it will cost more than $1 billion by 2021 ❚ Diabetes is a major contributor to heart disease, stroke, renal disease and amputations ❚ Worldwide, diabetes ranks in the top 10 causes of disability and undermines human development. Wereceive no government funding. Your help is needed and what better way to do it than get the golf clubs out and have a game. – Ruth Davy HOP card has the region moving Aucklanders are now travelling on more than 200,000 AT HOP cards. The smart card can be used for travel on trains and ferries and is now rolling out to buses across the region. Auckland Transport has been progressively introducing the system across different transport modes and a multitude of operators. Auckland Transport chief operations officer Greg Edmonds says the milestone comes with 95 per cent of the rollout completed, which is due for completion at the end this month. Mr Edmonds says that under the second phase of the integrated ticketing programme, a new fares policy will be developed. This will involve a review of fare structures, pricing levels and an investigation of different fare products and passes. More than three million trips each month are made using the AT HOP card – an average weekday, about 236,000 trips are taken on public transport in the Auckland region. ❚ See athop.co.nz for more information.
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