Thursday August 31, 2017
Broken leg worth it for plodder Mike By Jamie Adams
It takes more than a broken leg to stop Mike Butler from walking more than the length of the North Island – especially when there’s money to be raised. The Island Bay resident arrived in the Cancer Society’s Newtown office on Friday after completing a 1200km trek from Auckland to Wellington. The epic journey raised $12,500 for the Cancer Society and its completion was timed to coincide with the charity’s Daffodil Day. However the walk effectively took more than a year due to a freak accident in the Wharerata forest, 40km south of Gisborne. “I broke my leg after I slipped when I kicked a pine cone,” Mike explained. The incident happened on August 2 last year, barely a month after he headed off from Auckland. “On the anniversary date this year, I continued.” Mike is an employee of ANZ, which, including its National Bank predecessor, has sponsored the Cancer Society for 27 years. With the bank encouraging staff to raise funds for the charity, Mike first came up with his novel
Mike Butler with his dogs Idol and Toby and supporter Pankaj Ambavane at the Cancer Society’s Newtown office, the terminus of his 1200km walk, on Friday. Photo: Jamie Adams
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idea in 2011 when he walked the length of the South Island, raising $22,000 in the process. “I’m always looking for ways to do something that’s better than baking.” This time Mike’s journey was even longer as it involved a detour from Hamilton to Gisborne, with a support crew and his dogs Toby and Idol accompanying him. As well as the broken leg, Mike suffered blisters and even cellulitis in a toe, requiring antibiotics. But through rain and shine he battled on, taking a collection bucket with him as he visited ANZ branches at every town along the way. Mike wanted to thank “all the wonderful people” who supported him with meals and accommodation. He’s not ready to hang up his boots, with a plan for an even more ambitious journey, this time in India, in late 2018. “Next year in the northern hemisphere winter I plan to walk from the Golden Temple in Amritsar to the Taj Majal. I have no idea what it’s going to be like.” Pankaj Amabavane, an ANZ contractor who supported him on this year’s walk, will act as guide for the 650km excursion.
Five concerns highlighted as election nears Housing and mental health have been identified as the major issues facing community organisations in Wellington Community Networks Wellington (CNW) ran an annual survey of issues that are common across its 110 member organisations. “We polled our members on what were the biggest issues
affecting the community sector, and poor access to adequate housing and high unmet mental health needs came out on top,” Co-chair Bridget Murphy said. Other issues of concern were poverty and inequality due to unemployment and low wages; barriers to accessing appropriate services such as language, literacy and financial
literacy; and lack of funding within the sector. CNW encourages Wellingtonians to keep these issues at the forefront as New Zealand heads towards the election. “There is a misconception that some social issues such as mental health only impact mental health providers and that just isn’t true,” Bridget said.
“Wherever there are high unmet needs in the community the whole community feels the impact. “Regardless of whether a community group’s primary purpose is food rescue, education, housing or health these five key issues are the ones that make an impact on day-to-day activities.”
Island Bay Presbyterian Church is running a quiz night fundraiser to help the indigenous people of West Papua in their ongoing struggle for independence. The church is saying “Leave your IQ fears at the door”, since this “no whizz quiz” is for all ages and many of the questions will have fun themes. It’s on Saturday, September 2 at 7pm, 88 The Parade, Island Bay. Tickets at the church hall door are $20 adult, $5 for under 15s.
Orange Day parade for road safety The Orange Day parade, the annual Road Patrollers March for Road Safety, is happening tomorrow. The event, which has been running for more than 20 years in Wellington, will involve over 1400 road patrollers and adults, led by the Scots College Pipe Band. The parade route starts at Parliament at 10am and travels down Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Mercer Street to Civic Square, where the patrollers will move into the Michael Fowler Centre for their prize giving ceremony. Mayor Justin Lester will be handing out the prizes for best banners and best presence in the parade.
Councils support regional arts The Wellington Regional Amenities Fund (WRAF) has allocated over $1 million to seven organisations – boosting the region’s reputation as the arts and cultural centre of New Zealand. Recipients this year are Cuba Dupa, Kia Mau, and LUX Light festivals, which are popular fixtures on the regions’ events calendar. “Some of the funding criteria that needs to be met includes a long-term financial contribution to the region – and these seven initiatives and projects will showcase the area, reach people across the region, and draw people to it,” WRAF chair Wayne Guppy said.
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