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Thursday September 3, 2015

Lets get cleaning By Fiona Donnellan

Help play your part in keeping New Zealand beautiful is the sentiment behind CleanUp Week this September 14-20. Community groups, businesses, schools, families, friends and individuals are urged to get involved. General Manager of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Heather Saunderson said, “Last year nearly 40,000 volunteers took part in 562 events nationwide but Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week is not just about the cleanups. These events build and strengthen community spirit and allow people to demonstrate their pride in where they live.” The campaign's central aim is to increase community

participation of all kinds, but also addresses issues of sustainability, the environment, health, crime and social inclusion. Last year there were 562 Clean-Up events nationwide, 15,312 rubbish bags and 8,850 recycling bags were collected. A total of 228 schools, 246 groups and 88 businesses got involved in the worthwhile initiative. Keep New Zealand Beautiful wants to improve on these facts and figures this year and promote “litter abatement, waste minimisation and the beautification of our towns and cities.”  For more information on Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-Up Week and how to get involved email info@ knzb.org.nz.

CLEAN UP CREW: Last year nearly 40,000 volunteers took part in CleanUp Week PHOTO: Supplied

Get your sneakers on, and walk for Pink Star By Fiona Donnellan

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Wellington Pink Star Walk is back this year and registration is now open Now in its second year the Estee Lauder Companies Pink Star Walk is happening in October. Like last year thousands of Kiwis are set to walk to support the Breast Cancer Foundation. All the funds raised from the walk from Frank Kitts Park along the waterfront will go towards helping support women with breast cancer. Not only that but the money

raised goes towards education around the importance of mammograms for early detection. “The money raised by our walkers helps fund rehabilitation programmes for women undergoing mastectomy, a major surgical procedure,” said Van Henderson, chief executive at the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. “We’re also putting more funds into education around the importance of mammograms, with new tenyear survival data showing that women whose cancer is found on a mammogram have much better survival than those who find a

lump. Seventy per cent of eligible women currently attend mammogram screening – we want to see that go a lot higher.” There are options for participants to take part in the 10km or 5km walk. Even those not set to walk are asked to get involved and support and cheer on the walkers. Organisers say the Pink Star Walk is always a sight to behold, with many walkers dressing in pink or going all-out with imaginative team themes.  Everyone can register for the walk at www.pinkstarwalk.co.nz.

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Paul Foster-Bell, National Party MP has said Wellington schools are set to receive funding for Asian languages. Foster-Bell, says it’s important for our next generation to be able to communicate and work in different languages as our international and trading links

grow - particularly within the Asia-Pacific region. This funding will enable more classes in Japanese and Mandarin as part of the Asian Language Learning in Schools fund. “Our local schools are among 22 groups of 129 schools which have received funding from the

first round of the $10 million contestable fund over three years. The aim of the fund is to increase the provision of Asian languages in our schools. It’s great to see our local schools will be working together to enhance the way their students learn and develop their language skills,” says Foster-Bell.

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