Tuesday August 1 2017
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Getting active for health
Another $100k to help Maddie
JACKIE HOULE is a changed woman compared to six months ago. Suffering from social anxiety, diabetes and struggling to come to terms with the death of her sister seven years ago, Ms Houle was at a crossroads as she went to her doctor’s office. A brave decision to try the green prescription’s eight-week Be Active programme for people who want to increase their level of physical activity, has Ms Houle spending more time on her newly-purchased exercise cycle than her couch. Participants in the programme try out a range of activities such as aqua jogging, gym, sports and dance. They are supported by Sport Canterbury staff and discuss motivation, healthy eating and managing stress – topics that support a healthy lifestyle “I’ve lost 22 pounds (10kg), the panic attacks that I used to suffer, particularly in social situations, are not nearly as bad and my blood sugar levels have dropped. I’ve even purchased an exercycle which I definitely wouldn’t have done prior to the (Be Active) programme,” she said. Ms Houle, who moved from her native Canada 11 years ago to be with her partner, says her
MORE THAN $100,000 has been raised at a fundraising evening to help West Melton teenager Maddie Collins. The event at the Addington Raceway last week drew a crowd of more than 300 people in support of Maddie, who is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. She is waiting to hear if she can get a transplant at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, United States, which is expected to cost $750,000.
TRANSFORMED: Jackie Houle encourages anyone to give the Be Active programme a go, regardless of fitness level, age or health issues.
sister’s death had added to her stress. She has not been back to Canada since the tragedy but thanks to her progress over the past nine months, she is planning a trip back home next year. “That’s all been part of it,” she said: “Losing my sister made me really depressed for a very long time; we were very close. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my health and received so
much support. I’m glad I took the chance and signed up for the programme.” The Be Active programme begins this week in Aranui, Lincoln, Spreydon and Bishopdale. Ms Houle encouraged anyone to give it a go regardless of fitness level, age or health issues. People can refer themselves into the programme or talk to their GP about a green prescription.
By Georgia O’Connor-Harding
The $100k adds to the $170,000 already raised for Maddie through Givealittle pages and community events, bringing the total now raised to more than $270,000. Maddie is in Auckland’s Starship Hospital with her mother, Sarah Manson Collins, this week having more tests and getting advice about Maddie’s medication and dialysis treatment. Mrs Manson Collins said the fundraising event was amazing. “It was a fantastic night and it was great because everybody got to laugh,” she said.
Compensation unlikely for businesses hit by road works •From page 1 But a staff report that will be tabled at a city council committee meeting says compensation via both methods is unfeasible. Staff said it would be too difficult to work out the specific objective criteria that would be required to define the extent of disruption to qualify for relief. Difficulties working out the amount of rates remission that would be provided and the length of time it should be applied were also cited as part of the reasoning.
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A grant would be easier to establish but it would still be too hard to work out who was entitled. “Financial compensation by establishing a new type of grant would be more feasible . . . however, there would remain a significant practical difficulty in defining who should qualify,” the report said. It is recommended the committee receive the information in the report at Wednesday’s meeting but no further action is likely to be taken.
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