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EAST & BAYS COURIER, OCTOBER 26, 2012
Evening at Kermadec
Tuesday 30th October, 7pm
To celebrate winning the 2012 NZ Dilmah High Tea Professional Challenge,
Chef Juan Balsani and Dilmah expert Jonathan Kane Houldsworth invite you to
experience world-class desserts matched with a variation of beverages using
authentic and renowned Dilmah Tea in Kermadec's stunning Roof Garden.
$47 per person. For more information and
the amazing menu, visit www.kermadec.co.nz
Places are limited. Bookings are essential
phone (09) 304 0806 or email
Hosted by With thanks to
TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER to SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY 10AM - 6PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 10AM - 4PM
Designer labels include: David Pond, Verge, Privilege, Faye,
Gabriella, Macjays, Jet Blonde, Vigorella and Threadz
Thousands of items
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Unit C, 4 Walls Road, Penrose.
Come to RED roller door at rear of building
Street parking only - Please do not park in our
neighbours parking spaces - No bags, no prams
519 Ellerslie Panmure Highway, Panmure Ph: 570-9966
or while stocks last
OPEN 7 DAYS
Skin-on Pork Loin
Whole Salmon Fish
Pink Lady Apple
Noble cause: Simon and Sue Lala's daughter Tess was diagnosed with leukaemia at age 6. Mr Lala now devotes much
of his time to cancer charities. They are opening their home for a fundraiser for World Child Cancer's Pacific chapter.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
We have a double pass to the
Festive Friday tour on November 9
to give away. To go in the draw,
email your name, address and
daytime phone number to
email@example.com, with Festive
Friday in the subject line. Entries
close November 2.
Go to eastandbayscourier.
co.nz and click on Latest
Edition to see an extra page of
photos of the house.
By CATHERINE HEALY
AROUND 150 New Zealand chil-
dren are affected by cancer each
year. We know this because they
are diagnosed and treated.
But what about children in devel-
oping countries? They get cancer
too, but they re not diagnosed and
so the world doesn t hear about
Simon Lala of St Heliers is the
chairman of World Child Cancer s
Pacific chapter. The cause is close to
his heart because his daughter Tess
was diagnosed with leukaemia at 6
The point of World Child Cancer,
he says, is that no child should suf-
fer. He would like to see children
with cancer properly diagnosed and
treated, no matter which country
they are born in.
We had repeated visits to the
doctor. She was very tired all the
time. We knew something was not
She had a bit of a personality
change, his wife Sue says.
Eventually a blood test showed
leukaemia and Tess had two years
It wasn t easy. It was life chang-
ing for us, the couple says.
Tess recovered and is now a
28-year-old pastry chef who lives in
Parnell and enjoys running mara-
Mr Lala is very aware that not all
children are so lucky.
New Zealand s cancer treatment
and support is first class. I m very
proud of it.
Child cancer is the third most
common cause of death in Pacific
children. Until 2006 almost no child
with cancer in Fiji, Tonga or Samoa
survived. Since then some progress
has been made but survival rates
Mr Lala says World Child Cancer
focuses on educating medical practi-
tioners by pairing them up with col-
leagues in developed countries. For
example, Starship Hospital in Auck-
land is twinned with Samoa and
Recently there was a Pacific
medical conference in Auckland. We
funded Pacific nurses to come for
training. Where there is no paediat-
ric oncology unit the best you can do
is train the nurses.
On November 9 the Lalas will
open their St Heliers cliff-top home
to the public for the first time as
part of a fundraiser for World Child
Cancer s work in the Pacific.
The Lalas built their four-
bedroom home two years ago.
Guests will enjoy the uninterrupted
view of the harbour from the canti-
Mr Lala is a chartered accountant
and is on the board of CanTeen, the
International Confederation of
Childhood Cancer Parent organis-
ations and Ronald McDonald
House. He s also the treasurer of the
Child Cancer Foundation.
The event is called the Festive
Friday Christmas Home Tour. Ten
families will open their doors to
ticket holders and each venue will
have festive cuisine.
Tickets are $60, available
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