Kapi-Mana News : July 19th 2011
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 19, 2011 NEWS Corner Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua City (next to Pak 'n Save Fuel) Ph 04 237 4975 Before you buy your next car come and see your local dealer • Finance available (Learner licences OK) • Trade ins welcome www.poriruamotors2009.co.nz 3138441AA Healthy eating: Wellington High School students Jalisa Aiono, 17 (left), and Henry Tukaka, 14, play with a fat machine and fake food servings at the Strong Pacific Youth expo last Wednesday at Te Rauparaha Arena. Young Pasifika By KAROLINE TUCKEY Health services available to Pacific Island youth were in the spotlight alongside some big name performers at Te Rauparaha Arena last week. Hundreds of young people attended the inaugural Strong Pacific Youth expo, themed Access Today for a Better Tomorrow , to learn about health services available to them in the community, and to catch a glimpse of celebrities. R n B star Scribe was signing autographs and posing with fans for photographs, and singer Aradhna took the stage alongside performances by Porirua s own Toneyo, Greer Samuel and R n B group Justuce, while Praiz Studios dance troupe kept the stage jumping. Participants from a range of secondary schools in the area visited stalls manned by health care providers to tick off boxes on an entry form for prize draws. The event was organised because health providers in the area have reported poor buy-in from Pacific Island youth, Compass Primary Health Care Network event co- ordinator Paul Marshall said. What we are trying to do is con- nect our youth services, especially health and education specifically, with our Pacific kids to improve their access and awareness to these services. We want the kids to be comfort- able to access the services and to see an increase in uptake for the kids -- they didn t know that some of these services were available to them. Mr Marshall said the event went well with several hundred young people attending, and organisers hoped to see that reflected in young people using their services. Tawa Rotary has a tall order for big book fair Bargain books: Children will benefit to the tune of $18,000 from an upcoming book fair, says Tawa Rotary's Doug Burrus. By ANDREA O'NEIL Tawa Rotary has plenty of books, but is in need of a giraffe. The charitable organisation is holding its annual book fair dur- ing the next two weekends to raise funds for children s health education charity the Life Edu- cation Trust. A volunteer is being sought to appear at the fair dressed as Harold the giraffe, the trust s mascot. Harold will give a tour of the trust s mobile classroom to chil- dren and curious adults at the fair. Book fair organiser Doug Bur- rus suspects the task will fall to a Rotarian, but no members have yet taken up his offer to wear the heavy, hot giraffe cos- tume, he says. The fair has been raising money for the trust for four of the nine years since it began, and Mr Burrus hopes to match last year s $18,000 sum. Aside from small advertising costs, all the money raised will go towards teaching school- children healthy choices and self-esteem, he says. One thing about Rotary -- what goes in comes out, unlike some of these charities where out of a dollar, 50 cents goes to advertising. More than 20,000 books have been collected so far, plus hun- dreds of magazines. Some books are left over from Plimmerton and Johnsonville s Rotary book fairs earlier in the year, but Mr Burrus is amazed by the huge outpouring of books from the community each year. It s fascinating, really. Some will have been bought last year, read and now donated back to the sale, he suspects. A lot of these have probably been recycled a few times. Most books sell for between $2 and $3, but rare and special books are expensive -- up to $10 each. But when I say expensive, it might be something you pay $100 for in a shop, Mr Burrus says. Rotary members spend dozens of hours collecting donated books and setting them up for the fair. It would be easier to go back to work, I think, and get paid, Mr Burrus jokes. There is a small reward for their labour -- Rotarians gather for a wine and cheese evening the night before the sale and get first pick of the books displayed, but must buy them like any member of the public. We re trying to turn books into money, not give them away, Mr Burrus says. Tawa Rotary book fair, Tawa Junction, Surrey St, July 23 to 24, 30 to 31. Open Saturdays 9am till 4pm, Sundays 10am till 3pm.
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