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Girl power wins kids’ hearts Communities give back Relationships with two community sponsors were strengthened when Weymouth Cosmopolitan and Sports Club and Red Knights Firefighters Motorcycle Club (Northland) were presented with Certificates of Appreciation. Weymouth Cosmopolitan and Sports Club had just donated $2,000 to Kidz First Children’s Hospital after its annual Kahawai Fishing Tournament on the Firth and Manukau Harbours. Keen anglers come from as far as Whangarei to take part in the fishing competition. This is the 12th year children admitted to Kidz First will benefit from the tournament. Over the last 11 years, proceeds from the event total $18,000 and have been used for much-needed equipment, like hearing aids, eyeglasses, a paediatric bed space and paediatric cot and vital signs monitor. A day after the fishing extravaganza, petrol heads took to Northland roads and revved into the 10th annual Ride for Kids run by the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club (Northland). Two hundred riding enthusiasts cruised from Kaiwaka Fire Station to Waipu Fire Station. The event raised $1,500 for children admitted to hospital with burns. The annual rides have raised in excess of $10,000. ■

Most New Zealanders will never have the opportunity to hold an Olympic medal in the palm of their hands. But lucky patients at Kidz First Children’s Hospital held and wore two Olympic bronze medals recently. Rowers Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown visited Kidz First after winning bronze medals in the Women’s Coxless Pair event at the London Olympic Games in August. The visit arranged by the Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation was discussed two days after Juliette and Rebecca won bronze. Six weeks later, when the pair walked into the Kidz First playroom it was hard to tell who was more excited - the patients or Rebecca and Juliette.

Kilahn Manuera, two, was the hugger of the day and took a liking to Juliette and wearing her medal. Cambridge-based Rebecca told sports-mad Kenna Richmond, 10, to follow her sporting dreams and that hard work really does pay off. Juliette said she was blown away by the excited patients and the experience of visiting Kidz First. “Amazing visit thanks, Juliette said. “Gorgeous kids and loved sharing our medals with them! We’d love to come again and bring more rowers too.” Middlemore Foundation and Kidz First patients can see Juliette and Rebecca again at the Kidz First Christmas Party in December. ■

Tyrone Oti, 10, couldn’t believe Juliette let him wear her bronze medal. Juliette couldn’t believe Tyrone made her a paper oar.

Middlemore alumni kicks off

Russell Rawiri, President of the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club (Northland), and Sandra Penny from Middlemore Foundation shake a collection bucket for Kidz First.

Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation is pleased to announce the arrival of Bernie Mackie, who has been tasked with creating an alumnus for past and present Counties Manukau Health and South Auckland Health staff. Bernie is no stranger to Middlemore, as a former nurse and now Middlemore Alumni Coordinator. Alumni members will be kept updated on CM Health projects, news and events. To join please call Bernie at the Foundation on 09 270 8808 or email Bernie. mackie@middlemore.co.nz. ■

Bernie Mackie is a former Middlemore nurse.

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2012 October Connect+  

Counties Manukau Health staff publication

2012 October Connect+  

Counties Manukau Health staff publication