Wednesday January 24, 2018
SPCA donations overwhelming By Glenise Dreaver
“I’m just overwhelmed by the generosity of this community,” says Wainuiomata pharmacist Evan Choie. “They’ve been there to support both us and the SPCA.” It’s nearly a fortnight since the SPCA donation box was stolen from Wainuiomata Pharmacy, one of a spate of similar crimes in the greater Wellington area. Their CCTV camera footage meant there was no delay identifying the thief, but what really upsets him, says Evan, is that it was a theft from a charity. “I’ve had thefts before, but this was different. I was trying not to think about it at night. And it was the audacity of it.” Then staff member Kelly France came up with an idea. “Let’s do an SPCA food collection.” The campaign was posted on Facebook and the response was huge, he said. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community. How awesome it is. It’s just a privilege to be part of it.”
Enliven day programme at Woburn set to expand
Wainuiomata pharmacist Evan Choie with the SPCA food donation box
Don Baird (left) and Betty Illsley look forward each week to attending Enliven’s day programme at Woburn Home, which is set to move to a five-day schedule in the coming months.
Wainuiomata’s elders can look forward to more fun, games and good company in the coming months as Enliven’s Woburn day programme moves to a five-day schedule. The programme has been running on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and will soon run on Tuesdays as well. “We’re delighted to be opening up an extra day here for elders to enjoy companionship and stay active,” says Home manager Ginni Scott. “We also know that extra flexibility will make a huge difference to families, particularly family carers who need that extra day due to work, personal commitments, or simply to take a break.” The day programme follows Enliven’s unique, elder-centred philosophy, which is based on the internationally-recognised Eden Alternative model of care. It encourages elders to have fun, variety, spontaneity and companionship in their lives. “In line with our individual approach, all of our activities are tailored by highly-trained staff to make sure each and every attendee can take part in a way that’s right for them,” says recreation officer Linda
Lankshear. “We also do our best to stimulate elders’ minds and bodies with quizzes, arts and crafts, and gentle exercise. A favourite activity with attendees at the moment is indoor hockey, which can get quite competitive!” Betty Illsley has attended the Enliven programme for the past two years and says she always looks forward to her visits. “It’s a great chance to have a laugh, have a chat with your friends and do things you wouldn’t normally do at home. It keeps me on my toes and away from the tele!” “I really love the variety of activities we do here and the mental stimulation I get when we do things like crosswords and quizzes,” says regular attendee Don Baird. “It’s good for my wife too – she gets to have a little break while I’m here!” The day programme at Enliven’s Woburn Home is based on site at 57 Waiiti Crescent, Lower Hutt and currently runs every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-3pm. To find out more, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or call the home directly on 04 569 6400. PBA
Berries can be fatal for dogs SPCA wants dog owners to be on the lookout for karaka berries and that their dogs don’t eat them. Throughout the warmer months (January to April) the berries ripen, turn orange and fall off the karaka tree and can be fatal to dogs if eaten. The berries are a staple in the diet of kereru, New Zealand’s native wood pigeon. The kernels in the fruit contain the alkaloid karakin, which is very toxic if ingested by other animals. Signs of karaka berry poisoning include weakness, back leg paralysis, vomiting, altered behaviour and convulsions. Symptoms can be delayed by a day or two, so if people have any concerns that their
dog may have eaten the berries, please seek veterinary treatment immediately – even if the dog is not displaying symptoms of poisoning. Karaka trees are native trees and are quite distinct and easy to spot. The trees have thick dark leaves and can grow up to 15 metres with the berries turning a bright orange colour during fruiting season. If people spot any karaka trees when walking the SPCA advise keeping dogs on the lead when near these trees or going to an alternative location. SPCA wants to also remind dog owners to check their own gardens for these trees and to remove any karaka berries.
Karaka berries. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Published on Jan 23, 2018