Wednesday April 11, 2018
Wadestown Toastmaster Aces Award Heather Tuckey, left, Chair of the International Speech Contest, with area speech winner Peter McDermott, and other finalists Peter Stevens of Karori, Cindy Wong of Churton Park, and Area J5 Director Glen Pearce.
Peter McDermott, of the Wadestown Toastmasters’ Club, came first in the International Speech section and second in the Evaluation section of this area’s speech contest held at St Luke’s Church last Thursday evening. Toby Paterson of Churton Park Toastmasters was the winner of the Evaluation Contest The newly-chartered Wadestown group hosted both contests, which included Karori Toastmasters, Ngaio toastmasters, Ohariu Toastmasters in Johnsonville, Churton Park, and Wadestown itself. These clubs, which comprise Area J5, all had club winners competing against each other. In the International Speech contest, each speaker delivered a five to seven-minute speech.
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Timing is tightly controlled - anyone exceeding seven and a half minutes is automatically disqualified. In the evaluation contest, a Toastmaster gives a seven-minute speech and the contestants have five minutes to prepare a three-minute evaluation which details the strong points of the speaker and offer supportive suggestions on how the speaker could improve. Over 50 Toastmasters attended to support their contestants. Peter, as the winner, now goes on to participate in the Division J Competition in Upper Hutt. Should he win this, he would participate in the New Zealand finals to compete for a chance to go to the United States for the International Finals.
Salvation Army calls for help The Salvation Army is offering people the chance to join it for an hour or more help end poverty in New Zealand. The Salvation Army is expanding its search for collectors for its annual Red Shield Appeal week from April 30 to May 6. The appeal raises funds to support frontline services tackling poverty in New Zealand. Historically, The Salvation Army has used volunteers from among its staff and church members and people it has helped who want to give back. However, after a positive response from the public last year, it is sending out the call again. Salvation Army Community Engagement manager Rhondda Middleton says people who want to sign up as collectors can go to The Salvation Army’s website,
www.salvationarmy.org.nz ‘They just have to fill out a form and be ready and willing to help The Salvation Army, and we will do the rest.’ Volunteering as a collector was not just of benefit to the Army and its clients, there were upsides for the collector as well, Rhondda says. ‘You really get to feel like you’re part of something big and making a difference. And the number of compliments you get for The Salvation Army’s work during your time collecting is just amazing.’ Each year in New Zealand, The Salvation Army helps more than 60,000 families who are struggling to make ends meet. This support is wide-ranging and includes food and practical aid parcels, budgeting advice, social work, counselling, accommodation assistance and more.
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Independent Herald 11-04-18