Wednesday July 16, 2014
Cancer survivor scales Mt Fuji By Laura Kavanagh A Wellington cancer survivor will be pushing his body to the limit next month in a running race up Mt Fuji in Japan. Nick White is raising money for research into treating cancer through the Gillies Mcindoe Research Institute (GMRI). “I have chosen to raise funds for the GMRI because it is an organisation with world leading, proven excellence in cancer research,” Nick says. The 39-year-old lost half his tongue after head and neck cancer five years ago, and was given a 50 per cent chance of surviving five years. Head and Cancer specialist at Hutt Hospital and Executive Director and cancer researcher at Gillies McIndoe Research Institute Dr Swee Tan, rebuilt Nick’s tongue in an all-day operation.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed for several months. “It has been a long and challenging experience, and I have needed a lot of help from others along the way,” Nick says. After the operation, Nick lost the ability to speak, swallow and eat, and had to relearn how to do everything. Nick has now paid his way to Japan, where he will race 49 other athletes in the FujiSummit Race and hopes to raise $1 for every metre of the mountain’s height, totalling $3776. The Fuji Summit Race is one of the hardest mountain races in the world. At 3,776m, Mt Fuji is the height of New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook. Athletes race 21km to the summit with an elite-level time limit; oxygen pressure falls 70 percent and the temperature
inbriefnews PND support Free Post Natal Depression sessions are being offered at the Plunket rooms in Johnsonville. Post and Ante-natal Depression Support Group Wellington is offering six free sessions with student councillors and a following six, low cost sessions if required. Please call 472 3135 or email pnd.wellington@gmail. com for details.
Watoto children’s choir come to Karori The Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda is coming to perform their concert Beautiful Africa: A New Generation on Saturday, July 26 at 6pm at Karori Baptist Church, 161 Kaori Road, Karori. With scintillating drumbeats, engaging dance moves and exciting audio-visual effects; witness inspirational true life stories of triumph over tragedy. The concert is free with a love offering for the work of Watoto. Everybody welcome. PUSHING THE LIMITS: Wellington man Nick White is feeling ready to race up Japan’s Mt Fuji. PHOTO CREDIT: LAURA KAVANAGH
falls by 21 degrees. “For me it’s the ultimate mountain run and a fitting way to top off my fifth year alive,” Nick says. “It is a way of giving back and supporting the GMRI is the best way of helping people.” The race up Mt Fuji takes place on Friday, July 25.
Nick says he feels good and well prepared for the race “There is a little bit of butterflies but I think that’s a good sign,” Nick says. To donate to Nick White’s fundraising challenge, go to www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/nickrunsupmtfuj
New speed camera installed Motorists will be more wary of their speeds through Ngauranga Gorge, as the first speed camera featuring the latest generation technology went live on Monday. The new speed camera is the first of 56 new fixed speed cameras planned to be installed over the country. Six cameras were designated to be
placed in Wellington. The cameras will be rolled out over the coming months, with all cameras to be in place across the country in sites assessed as having a high risk of speed-related crashes by the end of next year. Assistant Commissioner Road Policing, Dave Cliff, says the new “second generation” camera at
Ngauranga has undergone an extensive calibration and testing process over the past month to ensure its accuracy and reliability in a range of traffic conditions. “Switching on the first of the new cameras is an important milestone in our efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on the country’s roads, as part of the wider Safer Journey’s
strategy which focuses on creating safer roads and roadsides, safer drivers and promoting safer vehicles,” Mr Cliff says. Mr Cliff says they know from the research both in New Zealand and overseas speed cameras do encourage motorists to slow down, thereby reducing the risk of people being injured or killed in a crash.
Help enhance the green in Churton Planting and mulching afternoons at Lakewood Reserve are scheduled for Saturdays 26 July and 9 August, commencing at 1pm. Come along and lend a hand! No experience required - only enthusiasm. Meet at the Tennis Court carpark, off Lakewood Ave. Tools and gloves are available but bring your own if possible.
Correction The Independent Herald article on Transmission Gully (June 25, 2014) provided incorrect information about Labour’s position on an issue, suggesting Labour would not support Transmission Gully going ahead. Phil Twyford, Labour spokesperson for Transport, has stated that Labour supports Transmission Gully going ahead.
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Published on Jul 16, 2014