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Wednesday June 14, 2017

Johnsonville resident launches project to beautify suburb

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Continued from page 1. “We had a great turn-up with families, some elderly, and a lot of children that enjoyed climbing the tree,” Lisa stated. She said along with the new library hub and the consent for the mall redevelopment she wanted to initiate a community project that celebrates Johnsonville. “Over the last 10 years, people have become a little negative about the suburb. But rather than being part of the problem, I wanted to be part of the solution,” Lisa said. Jazz Up Johnsonville aims to foster a community spirit and utilise the locals creativity to make it a place worth living in. Lisa is collaborating with various local groups including the


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Lions Clubs, the Rotary Club of Johnsonville, and the Northern Ward Councillors. “We want to set up a book nook, a free library. We are just looking at a suitable location at the moment. Lisa is also planning to open a repair café, launching in the community centre in August. People can bring their broken toys, appliances, or clothes that need some repairing, and get it fixed while they are enjoying a flat white. “I would also love to have a night food market and get the underpass going out of Johnsonville onto the motorway painted,” Lisa explained. She said Sunday’s event showed that people loved their community and that they were

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committed to engaging in enhancement projects. “It’s a cool event,” Lisa’s daughter Mia said. “I like living in this neigh-

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Members of the Karori Lions Club are part of a nationwide project helping to bring better eyesight to the Pacific Islands. Jennie Vowles is headed towards Fiji this coming July to join a team of optometrists from VOSO (Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas) that distribute donated glasses to Fijians. “We have already packed around 700 glasses and nonprescription sunglasses, but we are aiming for 1000 until July,” Jennie said. “The light on the islands is really harsh, and a lot of people don’t have good eyesight there.” The Karori Lions Club collaborates with other groups such as local OP-shops to collect Lions members Jennie Vowles, Alison Johnston, and Karori second-hand glasses. The team cleans and tests the Lions president Jo Cameron (from left), packing hundreds of glasses before packing them. glasses bound for Fiji. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Jennie said while the project required a lot of work it was also very satisfying. “It’s absolutely amazing to see the people with their new glasses. Some are over the moon because they can suddenly read again. Team member Alison Johnston enjoys coming together with the group to test and sort the glasses. “It’s inspiring to know that you do something that will make a difference to others,” Alison said. The Karori Lions Club has only recently become involved with the project. It was initiated in Christchurch about 30 years ago. “They are going to bring up over 36,000 glasses this year,” Jennie said.  For more information call Jennie on 476 4481 or lionsclubs. karori.

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