Northern News : September 21st 2011
15 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS OPEN DAILY Monday to Friday, 10am -- 4pm BIG/VSL392/BOI1 30 Oakridge Drive (off Cannon Drive), Kerikeri Craig White, Manager 09 407 8549 | 0800 221 800 www.visionseniorliving.co.nz MEMBER The latest and greatest in retirement living. Vision Bay of Islands is pleased to announce the release of another new stage of retirement villas. And with design enhancements like an added sunroom in two of the villas, you may want to act quickly to express your interest. There are two 2-bedroom villas with the sunroom available for $349,000, and one deluxe 2-bedroom villa priced at $375,000. Feel free to pop in and check out the plans from Monday to Friday, and while you're here you can chat with your new neighbors and hear their thoughts on the village. We understand that selling your existing home can be a challenge. So we'll provide up to $5,000 worth of services to market and sell it, plus we'll give you up to 12 months to complete the sale. *Fixed fees for life are only available for the next 3 sales. THREE NEW VILLAS SELLING NOW FIXED FEES FOR LIFE * Boost for St John This year s St John Appeal has raised a record $1,150,000. St John customer services director Gerry Fitzgerald says this result is outstanding, especially given the cur- rent economic climate and the demand on pub- lic generosity in response to the Christchurch earthquakes. This year s fund- raising total is an improvement on the pre- vious best of $1,095,000 donated last year, Mr Fitzgerald says. The donations are critical for St John to continue to provide life- saving emergency ser- vices 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as well as providing first aid, caring and community programmes throughout the country, he says. ASB, our community partner, was crucial to the success of this year s appeal. ASB branches and people were actively involved with activities during St John Week and our annual appeal. We would like to extend a big thank you to all those who donated and also to ASB people across the country, he says. Donations are wel- come throughout the year and can be made at any ASB branch or at www.stjohn.org.nz. Helping research New Zealanders are once again being urged to Pink Your Sink during October and help raise funds for breast cancer research with Sunlight pink grapefruit dish- washing liquid. Sunlight is thrilled to be a pink ribbon gold partner of the New Zea- land Breast Cancer Foundation and proceeds from every purchase of Sunlight pink grapefruit dishwashing liquid will go towards raising $40,000 to assist with research. Pip Jackson from Sun- light explained that one in nine women in New Zealand will be diag- nosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. We all know someone who has been touched in some way by breast can- cer so putting money into research to improve out- comes for women is important. We re proud that Sunlight is support- ing such a great cause. Pub Charity grant goes a long way for hospice A big thank you: The Hospice Mid-Northland team. The Hospice Mid-Northland team says it is grateful to Pub Charity for their much needed-support. Fundraising and aware- ness manager Amanda Breton says last year Hospice Mid-Northland developed a family support service and employed a counsellor to lead the initiative and provide specialist grief and loss sup- port to patients and families. Both the clinical team and the patients and families value this service and with the grant received from Pub Charity it is now possible to increase the counselling hours available and to implement further regional initiatives, Ms Breton says. The grant has also enabled them to buy an additional vehicle and to contribute to the running costs. The Mid- North region spans from Taupo Bay in the north to Towai in the south and coast to coast in between. A good vehicle is critical to support the increasing num- ber of patients, most of whom wish to be supported at home. Thank you Pub Charity for supporting this wonderful service, Ms Breton says. Hospice Mid-Northland receives 50 percent of its funding through the North- land District Health Board. Donations, grants, bequests and the income from the Hospice Shop ensure that the organisation can continue to provide a quality specialist palliative care service. Hospice Mid-Northland provides the service free of charge to any patient with a life-limiting illness. For more information phone (09) 407-7799. Asthma attacks As the cold air continues, St John has timely first aid tips if you have asthma, or someone with you has asthma. Asthma is a common condition in which breathing becomes diffi- cult because of inflam- mation of the air passages in the lungs. Common triggers for an asthma attack are chest infection, pollens, dust, fur, smoke or cold air. Symptoms and signs of asthma: Shortness of breath; difficulty breath- ing or speaking; wheez- ing. Have the patient rest in a position of greatest comfort -- usually sitting upright. Help the person take their reliever medi- cation. Most asthma attacks settle with reliever medi- cation. Treatment with medicines to decrease inflammation reduces the need for patients with asthma to be admit- ted to hospital. Patients should see their GP if they are using their reliever medication more often than usual. Some asthma attacks are life-threatening. Call 111 if the person is finding it difficult to breathe or cannot say a short sentence without taking a breath, or is becoming drowsy. Visit www.stjohn.org. nz.
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