East and Bays Courier : June 8th 2012
www.eastandbayscourier.co.nz 5 EAST & BAYS COURIER, JUNE 8, 2012 NEWS PANMURE FRESH SUPER MARKET 519 Ellerslie Panmure Highway, Panmure Ph: 570-9966 Valid or while stocks last OPEN 7 DAYS Large Cabbage 99c each Hoki Fillet $9.99 kg Yellow Flounder $9.99 kg Gurnard Fillet $9.99 kg Pork Scotch $9.99 kg to 10/06/12 Sweet Mandarin $1.69 kg bag Red Kumara $1.99 kg bag Dole Golden Pineapple $3.49 for 2 Potatoes $3.99 10kg bag 4182339BC Imagine and win Imagine what could be possible once all New Zealand homes and schools have access to ultra-fast broadband. That is exactly what Kiwi kids are being asked to do. School students throughout the country have the chance to enter the Amazing Ideas Search by coming up with innovative, cre- ative, big ideas with the new technology at its core. Ideas can be based on anything around how ultra-fast broadband will change our lives, includ- ing the way we learn, how our health services are delivered, the way we do business, how we entertain ourselves or looking after the en- vironment. The government is spending $1.5 billion on the rollout of the infra- structure over the next 10 years. Priority is initially being placed on busi- nesses, schools and health services. This is also being supported by the Rural Broadband Initiative designed to improve internet cover- age in remote areas. The competition runs from July 16 to Sept- ember 28. Go to telecom.co.nz/ amazing for more details. Sue a lifeline for Nepal orphanage By AMY McGILLIVRAY Happy home, above: Sue Hawkins, front, and the group of Kiwi women at Aishworya Children's Home in Kathmandu. Helping hand, right: A trip to Nepal last month has left Sue Hawkins is determined to do what she can to raise support for an orphanage she visited. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Sue Hawkins may have retired recently but that s not slowing her down. In fact the former nurse is finding new ways to help others. Mrs Hawkins returned from her third trip to Nepal late last month and is determined to do more to help. The Ellerslie resident and six other Kiwi women in their 60s and 70s travelled to Kathmandu to do some trekking and visit an orphan- age they have been supporting for a number of years. This time around Mrs Hawkins came home vowing to gather more support for the work the Aishworya Children s Home does. Mrs Hawkins first visited the country 40 years ago and always wanted to go back so she jumped when the opportunity arose in 2009. During that trip Helen Neale, a member of the trekking group, arranged for the women to visit Aishworya Children s Home which she has been fundraising for and supporting for many years. This trip was much the same. Mrs Hawkins spent six days hiking in the Annapurna region and eventually made it to the Annapurna Base Camp which is located about 4130 metres above sea level. The group then visited the orphanage in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, although this proved more difficult than usual thanks to the current political unrest. Because of the strikes we couldn t go during the day. We had to wait until the taxis started run- ning again at about 5.30 at night, Mrs Hawkins says. The women spent time talking to the children and were amazed by how happy they are. They are continually happy in their environment. They have nothing else in the world, Mrs Hawkins says. They all have aspirations. They all have things they want to do in their lives. It is the positivity of the children, who have all been through so much, that inspired Mrs Hawkins to do more. She was touched by the story of a girl who was found by hikers in the mountains when she was two. The hikers asked around the vil- lage but no one knew who she was or where her parents were so she was taken to Aishworya Children s Home where she has lived for the last four years. All the children at Aishworya have been orphaned, abandoned, trafficked or have parents who are simply unable to care for them. We just thought we d make an appeal to other people to see if any- body would like to make a contri- bution to the orphanage, Mrs Hawkins says. It s really money they need so that they can continue to keep the children comfortable, secure, well fed, clean and well dressed. The orphanage was started by Nirmala Ghimire in 2005 and has had up to 35 children there at once. Mrs Ghimire s daughter Pramila and son Pramod also work at the orphanage. The orphanage operates from a rented house but Mrs Ghimire has recently been given a piece of land and is building a new facility. Mrs Hawkins says the orphanage needs support now more than ever in order to get the building com- pleted. They need funding for that. They need funding for day-to-day stuff, she says. Email Mrs Hawkins on hawkins- email@example.com if you would like to support the Aishworya Children's Home in any way. HOMEMAKER In 2003 Nirmala Ghimire found two boys on the streets in Balaju. They were dirty, hungry, homeless and crying. She took them to the hospital and then to her home. The boys were placed in a local orphanage but she continued to visit them. A month later she found two more brothers in Chamati and took them to the same orphanage. A year later the owner of the orphanage had a heart attack and the boys were moved to a different orphanage where they were badly neglected. When Nirmala was at the hospital one day she met two more boys looking lost and frightened. Their uncle was very sick as he had been bitten by a snake so Mrs Ghimire offered to look after them for a while. It was at this point she realised she would prefer to look after the other four boys rather than leave them in such a bad orphanage so she took them in and set up Aishworya Children's Home. She quit her job as a driving instructor and sold her land in order to pay the rent on a new property and provide for the children.
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