North Shore Times : February 5th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 NEWS Oakridge VILLAS Meet people on Friday mornings If you feel lonely and would like someone to chat to and enjoy some- thing different to do for a couple of hours join Mil- ford Care and Craft. The group meets at Lady Allum Village Hall, Milford, on Friday morn- ings during school terms. Morning tea and finger food lunch is supplied for $3 and there are various activities to do. The club provides com- panionship and socialis- ing once a week for men and women. There are 33 Care and Craft Centres through- out New Zealand. Some of the Milford helpers and guests have been with the club since its start in 1999. But numbers are drop- ping and there are vacancies for guests and helpers. Phone Daphne Mark- wick on 478 9803 for a chat and more details. Shining hope: Sunflowers, like those held by Make-A-Wish chief executive officer Carolyn MacDonell, are the symbol of Make-A-Wish's Field of Dreams Summer Festival fundraiser at Gulf Harbour. Pick a flower for a gold coin donation. More wishes at stake this year MAKE-A-WISH Make-A-Wish, formed in New Zealand in 1986, has raised funds and granted wishes to 1300 sick children. The New Zealand organisation is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish International and its vision is to make every eligible child's wish come true. The volunteer-led organisation has more than 114 volunteers nationwide and is funded by donations, grants, sponsors and fundraising events. Children's wishes fall into four categories: I wish to be,Iwishtomeet,Iwishtohave,orIwishtogo. Make-A-Wish recipients north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge area are Keegan,16, who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism, and dreams of being a rock star. Seven-year-old Kaden has heart disease and hopes to attend the Melbourne Grand Prix. Jessica, 12, has cancer and wants an iPad and a home gaming console. For 11-year-old Toby, who has bronchiectasis -- destruction and widening of the lung airways -- a puppy to keep him company is all he wants. Visit northshore times.co.nz to see Make-A-Wish recipients say how much their wishes mean to them. A field of wishes waits to be granted to seriously ill children. Sunflowers from about 90,000 growing on a Gulf Harbour hillside can be picked by visitors to the Field of Dreams Summer Festival there from February 28 to March 24.A gold coin donation for every flower goes to the children s charity Make-A-Wish Foun- dation. The festival at Gulf Harbour Marina s Fair- way Bay and Hobbs Wharf will raise funds so the foundation can grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This is one of the most ambitious fundraising programmes undertaken by the foundation, Make- A-Wish New Zealand chief executive officer Carolyn MacDonell says. It has the potential to raise more money, which will fulfil more wishes, than many other activi- ties the organisation has previously undertaken, she says. Visitors can dine at cafes, play in the water, shop at markets, picnic, and enjoy open-air movies every evening from Thursday to Sunday with family movies playing on Saturday. Mrs MacDonell says Make-A-Wish is thrilled with the support from organisations in the Auckland region and around Whangaparaoa. We re so excited to be able to use Fairway Bay for these activities, she says. It s a beautiful setting right next to the water which makes it a bril- liant place to run these events that will be fun for everyone. Mrs MacDonell says wishes are essential for sick children. The impact of a wish is not limited to the immediate emotional effects on recipients, as it also impacts thousands of people who have been involved with Make-A- Wish, she says. Our mission is to enrich the human experi- ence with hope, strength, and joy. And this is accomplished through the granting of wishes as a wish generates hope and a positive outlook for all. Make-A-Wish expects to grant more than 200 wishes this year. Suburban Newspapers Auckland, publisher of the North Shore Times,is supporting Make-A-Wish New Zealand. The Hobbs Wharf Market at Gulf Harbour has been revived and runs every Sunday at The Anchorage, off Pinecrest Dr, from 10am-2pm. It is part of the Make-A-Wish Field of Dreams Summer Festival.
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