North Shore Times : February 11th 2011
5 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS NEW ZEALANDS LEADING STONE & TILE IMPORTER NZ FAMOUS TILE GARAGE SALE 50% to 70% OFF RETAIL PRICE MOST PORCELAIN TILES $20 per m.sq Fri 11th, Sat 12th, Sun 13th of February 25 PORANA ROAD GLENFIELD Tiles from $10 per metre & Stone from $30 per metre EVERYTHING MUST GO All sold as is - where is No holds- No returns EFTPOS & CASH- CREDIT CARD FEES APPLY BRING YOUR TRAILER! Ph: 0276 584 252 Hours: 9 - 4pm A special ship for the disabled By SARAH CODDINGTON Keen Sailors: Jon Kirk and son Charlie, 6, with a model of the catamaran he wants to see built for people with disabilities and their families to enjoy. Photo: BEN WATSON Jon Kirk dreams of his son Charlie experiencing the joys of sailing just as he did when he was a child. Charlie, now six, was born with Down Syndrome and spent some time at Starship Hospital in his first years of life. Some families survive on sheer guts and determination usually with limited means and few opportunities to do something special in the way of an adventure , Mr Kirk says. The Devonport resident has set up the Disabled Sail- ing Trust and now plans to build a purpose built cata- maran for people with dis- abilities. The ship includes a plat- form that acts as a lift and can easily help people with physical disabilities into the water to take part in water activities, like snorkelling. It will be all one level and have easy access ramps, with all toilets and showers being wheelchair accessible. The catamaran will be a chance for people with dis- abilities of all ages to experi- ence sailing, Mr Kirk says. It is estimated to cost about $2 million to build and annual up-keep costs will be close to $200,000. Marine services are already keen to support the cause and Mr Kirk has been approached by a number of companies expressing inter- est to help. It s early days yet and you need the money to get these things going, he says. To kick start fundraising for the catamaran the foun- dation held an event on the historic tall ship Soren Larsen. About 30 disabled people and their families were invited on board. Some of the people had never been on a ship and they thought it was fantastic, Mr Kirk says. If there are any businesses or individuals that would like to help with building the ship or donate please go to www.disabled sailingtrust.org.nz. Become an ESOL tutor English Language Partners North Shore is seeking volunteers to join a training course for tutors. Manager Birgit Grafarend- Watungwa says the course starts on February 28 and participants can earn a cer- tificate in ESOL home tutoring. She says the group recently marked International Volun- teer Day by celebrating the national organisation reaching the 20,000 volunteer milestone. English Language Partners New Zealand has trained more than 20,000 volunteers since we began keeping records. That s a remarkable achievement and those volunteers will have provided many more migrants and refugees with vital resettle- ment support in their own homes and in classes in the community, she says. Mrs Grafarend-Watungwa says the Shore centre worked with 303 volunteers who pro- vided 1159 services to 766 learners last year. A total of 1095 new tutors worked with 8398 learners across New Zealand in the same period. Visit www.english language.org.nz/centres/ auckland/north-shore or call 489-2078 for more details.
February 10th 2011
February 15th 2011