North Shore Times : December 7th 2010
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 7, 2010 NEWS Cnr Ocean View Rd & Hillcrest Ave • Northcote OPEN 7 DAYS: 6.30am-6.30pm PH 419 2657 www.simplyfreshproduce.co.nz LETTUCE MANGO GRAPES NECTARINES CAPSICUMS BROCCOLI Freshly Cut Tropical Red Globe New Season Fresh Freshly Cut NEW SEASON APRICOTS 99c c c 99c $499 $299 $199 Northcote 99c ea ea kg kg bag bag ea 2581399AC NGO c c kgK KKK K K KGGGGG g $399 For safety tips and info go to www.maritimenz.govt.nz or 0508 22 55 22 Look after your family, look after yourself MISSIONHALL MAR832 Glitz and glamour for Operation Heal OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Top bid: Prime Minister John Key models a boxing robe signed by Muhammad Ali. His efforts -- plus a willingness to pose for a photo with top bidder Loulou Rice from Honey NZ -- ensured a selling price of $9500. Cashing up: Prime Minister John Key, Sir Peter Leitch, National Burn Centre's John Maasland and MC Kerre Woodham at the presentation of the money raised. Photos: FIONA GOODALL We did it. A cheque for $230,000 will soon be on its way to the National Burn Centre -- courtesy of the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust. And we ve got you to thank for it. Readers contributed generously to our call for donations over the past four weeks. So too did the many bidders who turned up at the char- ity dinner and fundraising auction on Friday. Their efforts, combined with your own, have made Operation Heal a resounding success and proceeds will now be used to buy the centre a much needed high-tech operating microscope for plastic and reconstructive surgery. It doesn t get much better than this, trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch says. We put the challenge out there to everyone to help us raise money for a piece of equipment that will change many lives for the better. People responded better than we could ever have imagined. Among those to throw their weight behind the campaign is Prime Minister John Key. He proved to be the big drawcard at the dinner function as he was inter- viewed on stage by broadcaster Paul Holmes. But no one could have guessed what happened next. Mr Key gave up his tie and raised a quick $7000 to get the auction off to a flying start. His impromptu offer of a self-hosted morning tea sold for $20,000 and was replicated for a second bidder who was just as keen as the first. It was an incredible gesture from the prime minister, Sir Peter says. It really made the night and got us to where we wanted to be with our fundraising. Thanks also to our MC Kerre Woodham, Paul Holmes, comedian Ewen Gilmour, auction- eer Darren Brady and the band Black Salt. All of them gave their time freely to make this happen and we are forever grateful. They were absolutely outstanding." Operation Heal was launched in November and has run in communi- ties serviced by Suburban Newspapers between Papakura and Kaikohe. Sir Peter and his wife Lady Janice kick-started the donations with a cheque for $10,000 that was later matched by the Hugh Green Charitable Trust and the Sir Wil- liam and Lady Lois Manchester Trust. Suburban Newspapers general manager and trust representative David Penny is thrilled with the entire campaign. We identified a worthy cause and looked to our readers for sup- port in our efforts to do something good for the community. The response we ve had is just fantastic. Every single donation, big and small, has contributed to this out- come and I thank all those who took the time to give. It s been a tough year for many New Zealanders on a number of fronts so it s nice for us all to enjoy a bit of good news as we say goodbye to 2010. Thank you everybody -- well done.
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