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Thursday July 20, 2017


Last of the knitting leaves Kilbirnie By Emma McAuliffe

Locals with some of the donated material in 2010. PHOTO: Supplied.

Climbing a tower for cancer relief By Emma McAuliffe

Over 100 people climbed the Majestic Centre at the weekend to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation. Members of the Wellington Police Armed Offenders Squad, Dive Squad, Dog Squad, Police Detectives, Fire Fighters, Ambulance Drivers, community teams and children climbed Wellington’s tallest building on Saturday in memory of constable Dean Gifford, who passed away from a brain tumour in 2012. Among them was Miramar’s 10-year-old Stephanie Hayes, an ambassador for the Child Cancer Foundation. Organiser Stephen Cross said the event was “amazing”, drawing 120 participants and raising $17,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation. Of that over $5000 was raised by Stephanie,

Stephanie Hayes conquering the stairs. PHOTO: Derek Quinn, Wellington Free Ambulance

he said. “She was really someone to aspire to be like at the event. “On Friday she got treatment but she still walked up the stairs on the Saturday. It was awesome.” Stephen said the run was organised every year to remember Dean and to keep raising money for a “good cause”. “The first year we did a head shave and managed to raise $20,000 for the foundation. “That’s when I thought about doing Majestic Tower, to be more inclusive because not everyone wanted to shave their heads. There are 644 steps in the tower. “I just think it’s a great organisation to run for. “Everybody knows someone who’s suffered from cancer, and to see kids with it is so unfair,” he said.

After 10 years of donating generously to communities locally and abroad the Kilbirnie/ Lyall Bay Community Centre has donated the last of their woollen items. Community coordinator job share Beryl Smyth said the centre had asked people for wool between 2007 and 2017. “Knitters would take the wool away and create things for charities,” she said. “We’ve done things like Operation Cover Up and Missions Without Borders.” The last of their items were donated to Myanmar refugees last week. Beryl said the sustainable and positive effort had led to over 1500 items being created and donated over the decade. “We sent approximately 500 items to Moldova, Ukraine and Romania where temperatures can get to -25 degrees Celsius,

so the beanies would really benefit those areas,” she said. “We also donated to KidsCan and gave free beanies out to toddlers and children in the community. “It was important for us to give children something they could call their own, whether it be a blanket, a jersey or a singlet.” Beryl said she was very grateful to those who had knitted for the centre to be donated over the years. “None of the wool was bought; it would have been donated and then was made into sustainable things,” she said. “There’s a time for every season. “I think it’s wonderful work contributing to the world positively. “We’ve had 10 years of really productive times. “We need to acknowledge the contribution of knitters in the community.”

Cabaret kicks off fundraising to save heritage pipe organ

Jane Keller will perform next week. PHOTO: Supplied.

A Lyall Bay performer will be putting her pipes to work to help restore the only pipe organ of its kind in New Zealand. Jane Keller will kick off the fundraising to restore the heritage pipe organ at St Andrew’s on The Terrace with a concert next week. Jane would be performing highlights from her four one woman shows; Bigger is Better, Do I Have to Get Naked?, Boomers Behaving Badly and Yep Still Got It with Michael Nicholas Williams accompanying on piano and Peter Franklin on the organ. All proceeds from the show would go towards restoring the heritage organ at St Andrew’s which is the only one of its kind in New Zealand still in its original state. The restoration is expected to cost $450,000. St Andrew’s minister, Susan Jones, said the concert, called Let Us Entertain You, should be a good night out. “We’re having a bit of fun with it and telling people this is their chance to become organ donors,” she said. The St Andrew’s organ was built in 1962 by one of the leading New Zealand organ builders of the time, George Croft

and Sons. Organ consultant Roy Tankersley said it was the only Croft organ in New Zealand with floating mutations still in its original state. Floating mutations are a series of high pitched ranks of pipes which add brilliance and colour to music played on any section of the organ. The organ was built to match the fine acoustics at St Andrew’s. In its early days it was one of the most frequently broadcast organs on New Zealand radio. “Many Wellingtonians will have heard it played at recitals, concerts, weddings, funerals and Sunday gatherings,” Susan said. “It also provides an important backdrop to community music events and performances. ”Restoring the organ marks the final stage of returning St Andrew’s to its former glory and fulfilling the church’s potential as a leading music venue.”  Let Us Entertain You will take place on Friday, July 28 at 6.30pm. Tickets available from Eventfinda. Door sales are also available.

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