North Shore Times : November 11th 2010
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS Affordably different Wines & Spirits Sisters stride for aid By MICHELLE ROBINSON Walking the walk: Johanna, left, and Katie Perkins walked from Birkenhead to Cape Reinga to raise funds for women with birth injuries in Ethiopia. Two sisters have gone the extra mile to raise more than $24,000 for a group of women in Third World Africa. Glenfield pair Johanna, 20, and Katie, 22, Perkins are delighted their 16-day, 430km trek from Auckland to Cape Reinga will pro- vide restorative surgery for at least 36 seriously disabled women. They organised the Walk for Beautiful fundraiser after learning of women in some of Africa s poorest regions suffering birth injuries known as obstetric fistula. In isolated communities where there is no proper obstetric care, women who have prolonged obstructed labour can be left with permanent injuries that cause uncontrollable leaking from the bladder and sometimes the bowel, Johanna says. Unless they get surgery to repair the damage they become social out- casts. Some of these girls are just 12 years old, the age where they are considered old enough to marry in some areas, she says. Because they are so small they often have difficult births and with- out medical assistance they can be in labour for days. The distance that Johanna and Katie walked is similar to what women seeking surgery have to walk to get to a hospital or to a bus that will take them to hospital. The sisters were moved to take action after their church hosted a representative from the Leaking Women of Africa charity. Their visits to schools, churches and community groups on their journey helped raise awareness and funds for the widespread condition. All sponsorship is going to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. Visit www.sisterswalk forbeautiful.org.nz for more infor- mation or to make a donation. Skyping the Pacific By SARAH CODDINGTON About 250 students gath- ered via Skype to discuss ways to get people active and put a stop to the obesity problem. Rosmini College stu- dents linked via the internet with American university students to discuss their research projects. Some of the projects presented in the fifth annual Pacific student symposium were mood states of active and inac- tive females and per- formance states and sports orientation in bas- ketball . American students from Washington State University and Idaho State University asked Rosmini students what efforts were being taken in New Zealand to over- come increasing concerns about obesity and inac- tivity. The school s head of health sciences Geoff Wood says it is evident this is a global issue. Alex's NI venture inspired by a load of rubbish Making a stand: Alex Asher, 26, is running the length of the North Island in efforts to see the coastline protected from pollution. Photo: BEN WATSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON An eco-minded Takapuna man is sacrificing his summer so others can enjoy theirs. Alex Asher, 26, plans to spend two months running and swimming the east coast of the North Island in the heat of sum- mer. Having been motivated by the sight of polluted beaches while travelling in Mexico recently, Alex was spurred to do his bit to keep New Zealand s coast free of rub- bish. We don t see it but Rangitoto s full of Auckland s rubbish. Alex is running 2500km of road, rock and sand, averaging 40km a day, six days a week to raise funds and awareness for Sustainable Coastlines and NZ Forest and Bird. The relatively new charity Sustainable Coastlines works to clear rubbish from coastlines while motivating communities to keep their area clean. Alex will be keeping an eye out for stretches of coast that could do with some extra TLC along the way. He is also right behind Forest and Bird s push for ecologically sustainable commercial fishing policies. While his mates aren t game enough or mad enough to join him for the whole 2500km, he has plenty of support. It s just such a cool adventure, he says. I d like to see people get involved in these two charities. Alex will start out on December 1 and will finish around mid- February. Visit www.capetostrait.org.nz or www.facebook.com/capetostrait to track his progress or offer your support.
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