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Novel fundraiser makes a mark

NINE year old Ella McEwan simply wanted to help her granddad. Five years ago Ella's grandfather, Ron McEwan, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This year, without prompting, Ella came up with an idea to try and help those who have to deal with Parkinson's disease. She went about making bookmarks and selling them for 50c each. Since April, Ella has made and sold...

Sit down for a chat

TO help to break down social barriers and reconnect people, a conversation table has been set aside at The Pantry's cafe in South City for those who may want to enjoy a cuppa and a chat. "It is a way for people to mingle and meet... some people may enjoy the company," South Alive community project co-ordinator Janette Malcolm said. Described...

Worth the wait

PATIENCE was rewarded for the children who had lined up at the Invercargill Library to receive a free comic book in May as part of the Free Comic Book Day. An international event held one day each year, millions of comics were given away free worldwide to encourage literacy, Next Rotary Generation member and comic book giveaway co-organiser Leon Hartnett...

Exercise programme a positive move

THE first group taking part in the Diabetes Community Exercise and Education Programme in Invercargill is nearly finished, and already participants are reaping the benefits. "The results so far have been very positive," project manager Bonnie Scarth said. "People are talking for the first time about enjoying exercise. They are making friends, and having a nurse there makes them feel safe...

Hobby helps dress thousands

IT may be a hobby, but Invercargill woman Myra McDonald's impressive sewing skills are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in need at home and abroad. The seamstress has been industriously sewing thousands of items of clothing for people in need for the past 20 years. She said she did it just for pleasure. "I like to see...

Written in the stars

BIGGER, brighter, better – Invercargill City Centre co-ordinator Kari Graber said this year's Matariki Festival, being held along Esk St on Saturday, would most likely be even bigger and better than last year's inaugural event. Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars, also know as the Pleiasdes or the Seven Sisters in Greek mythology, which are seen...

Funding boost for Bluff bus trial

THANKS to support from the Community Trust of Southland, the Bluff bus service trial is being extended at least until the end of the year. Awarua Developments Ltd (ADL) project lead Tyron Strongman said the Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) had agreed to provide funding in the form of a guarantee against loss for up to $50,000 until June 30...

Giving hope through education…

OPENED almost two years ago by Orphans Aid International (OAI) founder Sue van Schreven, of Queenstown, the Kiwi Himalayan Education Centre aims to give orphans, disadvantaged and refugee children a chance to go to school. Situated in the north of India near the Bhutan border, 88 children, aged from 5 years old to intermediate school age, who previously were not...

Diverse range of social science projects

A DIVERSE range of subjects have been included among the 200 displays at this year's Southland Social Sciences Fair being held at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club. Organiser Lloyd Esler said "it was encouraging to see a good turnout after a few initial concerns." Aimed at Years 5-13 pupils from throughout Southland and Stewart Island, any topic related to the social sciences...

A global adventure

THE 14th annual ILT Kidzone Festival will take its participants "Around the World". Festival director Claire Blau said the theme for this year's festival, Around the World, would allow children of all ages, and their caregivers, to experience different cultures and festivals from around the globe. "The festival appeals to all sorts of children, young people and their families, with all...
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