North Shore Times : November 25th 2010
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS Helping others avoid the pain of burns Courageous: Senior firefighter Russell Kinzett has recovered from the massive burns he received as a baby and now tries to help stop others from a similar experience. Photo: JUSTIN LATIF By JUSTIN LATIF Senior firefighter Russell Kinzett sees people when their skin is literally falling off their bones. So he s right behind the Operation Heal campaign to buy a high-tech operating microscope for the National Burn Centre. The firefighter also knows what it s like to recover from a massive burns injury. Russell wasn t quite one year old when a kettle of boil- ing water spilled over his face, neck and arms. The scalding left him with severe scars all over his upper body and prompted a torrent of vicious teasing later in life after he started school. It also motivated him to join the Fire Service and work to make sure others wouldn t have to go through the same thing. Growing up kids were pretty mean, he says. I was called scarface. My objective from then was to help other people who were put in a similar situation. Operation Heal is being run by the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Com- munity Trust. It aims to raise $200,000 for the microscope that surgeons will use for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Russell says it s important for people to regain as much normality as possible after sustaining serious burns. A lot of people will benefit from the gear we re trying to raise money for, the father of three says. The 41-year-old has been in the service for 21 years and still finds it a rewarding occu- pation despite the dangers and tragedies he s en- countered. I really love this job, he says. The comradeship between the guys is like a second fam- ily. We are always helping each other out and are never critical of each other. But it definitely gets scary, especially when some- one is in a building and you re trying to get them out and the fire is pretty bad. We say goodbye to our wives and kids every morning and we expect to come home -- but one day we might not -- so you ve always got to tread carefully and have your wits about you. Donations can be posted to Operation Heal, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Please make cheques payable to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust. People can also bank donations online in The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Westpac account num- ber 03 0219 0391544 00. Alternatively people can text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3. Hear Russell tell his story Hear Russell Kinzett tell his story online on our website www.northshoretimes. co.nz Smear campaign alleged by man A Glenfield man found guilty of threatening a supermarket employee has complained about being the victim of a smear campaign. The defendant delayed proceedings at the North Shore District Court on Tuesday by submitting material from an alleged campaign about him which went to his workplace, neighbours, church and online. The defendant, who repres- ented himself, was granted interim name suppression by Judge David McNaughton, who found him guilty of a charge of threatening to cause grievous bodily harm. The charge relates to an incident in May where the defendant spotted the victim and threatened him in a supermarket. The defendant has been trespassed from the shopping complex and nearby com- munity constable s office. In court, the defendant alleged that the victim and an associate had spread defamatory information about him. He presented a copy to Judge McNaughton who requested affidavits from recipients of the material. If what you say is true I have very serious concerns about the information in it, Judge McNaughton said. The defendant is due for sentencing in February. The original date had to be changed as the defendant said he made other arrange- ments and will be quite far away from Auckland on business. The defendant appeared agitated as he waited five hours to appear before the judge. Court staff received com- plaints about him taking photos of people outside. In court he raised his voice and argued repeatedly with Judge McNaughton about not being allowed to call his witnesses late in the case. The defendant said the judge didn t consider his request for witnesses and accused North Shore police sergeant Scott Cunningham of not taking his concerns about the defamation allegations seriously . Judge McNaughton told the defendant to be quiet a number of times throughout the proceedings. While in court, a probation officer raised concerns about the defendant not completing a community work sentence and breaching prison parole conditions. Those matters have been set for a defended hearing in March. By SARAH CODDINGTON Lucky kids: North Shore children with the bikes they received from Variety -- The Children's Charity. Children's charity hand out 42 bikes to North Shore kids Some lucky North Shore children have received new bikes and helmets thanks to Variety -- The Children s Charity. Forty-two local children were among 450 children aged between seven and nine to benefit from the charity s annual Bikes for Kids tour. New Zealand Warriors player Michael Luck and Dancing with the Stars win- ner Nerida Cortese were on hand at Onepoto Domain to distribute the bikes. Chief executive Lorriane Taylor says the charity received hundreds of heart- warming nominations for children who should receive a bike. The children chosen were seen by their peers as a role model or had made a differ- ence within their school or community environments, she says. Others have overcome adverse circumstances and in some situations, the fam- ilies simply are not in a pos- ition to purchase a bike, Ms Taylor says. The bikes tour involved Variety volunteers travel- ling throughout the country presenting bikes to children. The tour is part of Variety s 21st anniversary celebrations.
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