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Berhampore locals finally have a community centre to call their own thanks to a $7 million housing upgrade. The doors to the Centennial Community Centre, part of Housing New Zealand’s Centennial Flats Complex, were officially opened last Thursday. The rotunda, in the heart of the complex, was first used for group activities

when it was built in 1940. The New Zealand Blood Service is apIt was then converted into a residenpealing for the community to head along tial unit in 1980. and donate blood at a local drive next week. The space has now been restoredNext to Thursday, a blood drive will be held its former glory and will be usedat as the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and the New a community space all Berhampore Zealand Blood Service are hoping for at residents can enjoy. least 60 donors to attend on the day. The centre was restored as part ofNicola a Binns from the New Zealand Blood $7 million upgrade of the Centennial Service said this was the first time there had Flats Complex. been a blood drive in Kilbirnie for more Continued on page 2 than 10 years. She said this was because there had not

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.” Continued on page 2

Centre coordinator Merio Marsters, outside the new Centennial Community Centre Nicola Binns with an apheresis machine which is used for plasma donations. which was officially opened last week.

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