Kapi-Mana News : March 26th 2013
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 26, 2013 NEWS PORIRUA NZ ROYAL GALA APPLES 78CKG Parumoana Street, Porirua. Phone: 04 238 0601. Open 6am - 11pm, 7 days. Prices and promotion valid 25/03/13 - 31/03/13 or while stocks last. We reserve the right to limit stock. Strictly no trade supplied. Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday only. ROWNTREES STREAKY BACON 500G $6.98 EACH NZ LAMB SHOULDER CHOPS $7.48 KG HEINEKEN 330ML 24 PACK BOTTLES $38.98 EACH COCA-COLA RANGE 1.5 LITRE $1.28 EACH LINDAUER CLASSIC RANGE 750ML $7.98 EACH LIMIT 8 EASTER SAVINGS! 5263759AA Young arthritis sufferer endures teasing at school By ANDREA O'NEIL Back in the game: Tawa boy Cameron Kuiper is back doing what he loves best, kicking a ball around, after suffering an arthritic episode last year. He will meet other children with arthritis at a camp next month. There's nothing worse for a sporty boy than to sit on the bench, especially if his friends tease him about an injury they cannot see. Tawa boy Cameron Kuiper, 10, suffered for two months with a painful arthritic knee last year, taking sports off the agenda and worse, attracting flak from classmates. Cameron woke up one morning last Sept- ember with a left knee swollen to the size of a grapefruit. He had been playing soccer the day before and the family thought he had been injured during the game. But doctors were so concerned they kept Cameron in hospital for two nights and he was on crutches for seven weeks before being diagnosed with arthritis. Once the swelling went down it wasn't clear to Cameron's Adventure School friends why he needed special treatment, he said. They started teasing me because I sat on a chair, not on the mat.'' Soccer, ball tag and rugby were also out of the question. A steroid injection under general anaes- thetic sorted the pain out before Christmas, but it could flare up again any time in Cameron's knees or elbows, his mother Kirsty Glasgow said. Arthritis is an autoimmune disease usually associated with the elderly but 100 Kiwi kids have it too. There is no known cause. He did have a really hard time at school for six or seven weeks,'' Mrs Glasgow said. One of the hardest things for me, and him, was knowing how his friends were treating him. Just because you can't see anything doesn't mean there isn't anything wrong.'' Cameron and Mrs Glasgow are going to Matamata on April 5 for an Arthritis New Zealand camp and workshop. The 31 children attending will be able to do fun activities like archery, go-karting and flying fox, while parents will learn more about how to manage their child's arthritis. Cameron is looking forward to meeting children with similar experiences. I can ask them if they got teased,'' he said. Cameron and his mother's travel expenses were funded by the Jetstar Flying Start Programme. Our parks stay open Porirua City Council has elected to keep sports grounds open for pre-season train- ing for winter sports. Despite the drought and outdoor water bans, Porirua sports grounds are in good condition and are in the condition expec- ted of them at this time of the year, says the council's Leisure Assets and Services manager Karyn Stillwell. Porirua sports grounds are not being irrigated and council staff will be carry- ing out daily condition assessments and monitoring usage. Our parks maintenance team will check the turfs every day. If we think the condition of a sport ground is deteriorat- ing, we will act quickly and, if necessary, help clubs find an alternative training space,'' says Ms Stillwell. Council staff have notified the affected clubs, who have been advised of the seriousness of the situation and have been asked to act promptly in ceasing use of a field if requested. I'd encourage anyone wishing to check the availability of sports fields in Porirua City at any time of the year, to go to our Sports Grounds Status website at pcc.govt.nz,'' she says. Last week Wellington and Hutt Valley councils banned all sports training on grass fields due to the region's water use restrictions. It was hoped the ban would help maintain grass cover through the winter months. The move has mainly affected pre- season training for winter sports, which start next week.
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