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An Island Bay woman will rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest celebrities at an Oscar’s event later this month. Mother-of-two Sophie Howard had no idea when she started her ‘Higher Tea’ company out of her living room four-months-ago, she would be selected to showcase her boutique tea at a pre-Oscar gifting suite later this month. Sophie is one of just 40 people who have been selected to present their products to 200 celebrities at the star studded event, which will take place prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony. Over the course of the five hour event, each celebrity will visit each of the stands and sample products on offer with an assistant, she said. Continued on page 2

The New Zealand Blood Service is appealing for the community to head along and donate blood at a local drive next week. Next Thursday, a blood drive will be held at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and the New Zealand Blood Service are hoping for at least 60 donors to attend on the day. Nicola Binns from the New Zealand Blood Service said this was the first time there had been a blood drive in Kilbirnie for more than 10 years. She said this was because there had not

Sophie Howard will showcase her boutique tea at a special pre-Academy Awards event in Los Angeles later this month.

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Nicola Binns with an apheresis machine which is used for plasma donations.



been enough support at previous drives held in the area. “We are hoping that with all the extra business in the area now, it will be a success.” The blood drive was organised after local business owner, Terry Binding from Nailed It, approached them, Nicola said. “Terry has delivered flyers to all Kilbirnie businesses and has been a great support. But we still really need support from all local businesses in Miramar and surrounding suburbs.”

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