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Central Auckland Walk2Work Day breakfast
Pidgeon Park (corner of K'Road and Symonds Street) 6am-9am
Takapuna Walk2Work Day Breakfast
Columbus Coffee Smales Farm 7am-9am
Registration is essential.
Orewa Walk2Work Day Breakfast
Western Reserve, Orewa (beside the walkway/cycleway) 7am-9am
Registration is essential.
Walk2Work Day is a yearly event to encourage
people to walk more in their daily lives, especially to
consider walking as part of their daily work commute.
Wednesday 14 March
Enter our Walking
Competition to Win!
To celebrate Walk2Work Day we're
holding a competition with 4 ways to
enter! Submit a photo, write a poem,
tell us about your walk to work, or
pledge to replace a car trip with a
walking trip. It's your choice! We
have 4 x $125 Rebel Sports Vouchers
to be won.
Find out more: 09 355 3553
or visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz
Increase the walking part of your commute
Diocesan's impressive sporting performance
continues at our all-girls independent
school. Two students broke the long-
standing 100m Freestyle record at the recent
Age Group National Championships.
No matter what your daughter's aspirations
are, Diocesan creates more opportunities
for her future.
You're invited to come and see how
Diocesan girls, from Foundation Class to
Year 13, are equipped to succeed.
Clyde Street / Epsom / Auckland / Phone 0800 346 4475
Year 7 student, Gina,
is one of a number
of Diocesan students
who have achieved
in Auckland and
competitions this year.
TO THE STORY AT
Saturday 17 March
We look forward to
Cowabunga -- it's Ninja Turtles for Variety
Ninja fun: Ewen Gilmour, left, and Ed Finn are dressing up as Over-age Mutant Ninja
Turtles for the Variety Bash.
Photo: NICOLA MURPHY
By NICOLA MURPHY
The Variety Bash convoy of more than 20 quirky pre-1976 cars, fire
engines and other vehicles will officially launch at the Clevedon
Village Farmers Market at 8.30am on Sunday.
The Bash will entertain with a Ronald McDonald magic show, Variety
Voices choir performances, face painting and giveaways.
Four grants will be presented including:
Funding to Kenzie's Gift, a charity that provides community support
for children and families living with cancer in the Auckland region.
A trike for Min-Ji who, like her twin brother, has autism. The cycle
will provide her with awareness of sensory movement.
A contribution to Tayler who has overcome difficult life challenges
and is showing a gift for photography at school. The money will go
towards a new camera so she can take her love of art to the next level.
A specialised trike for Nathanael who has Down syndrome, which
will aid his balance and enable him to ride like other kids.
Their teenage years are long gone
but that s not stopping two grown
men from gearing up as heroes in
a half-shell for this year s Variety
Funnyman Ewen Gilmour and
his friend Ed Finn are taking on
the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
theme for their part in the annual
Mr Gilmour s 1983 Mitsubishi
Delica van, affectionately known
as The Turtle, provided the inspi-
ration for the costumes. But they
have been adapted into Over-age
Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The animated television series
which inspired their look was
popular in the 1990s.
I m not getting any younger so
I m going to play their greying
sensei Splinter, while Ed will be
an older reincarnation of one of
the heroes in a half-shell, Mr
This will be their sixth Variety
Bash together. Mr Gilmour is an
ambassador for the charity and
was named New Zealand com-
edian of the decade last year.
The seven-day event is a fund-
raiser for the children s charity
and kicks off in Clevedon on
Twenty teams of supporters will
travel around the North Island
fundraising and distributing
grants to children in need.
More than $70,000 will go to
sick, disabled and disadvantaged
Each team dresses to a theme
and they travel in convoy in eclec-
tic vehicles such as Mr Gilmour s
The mates have been involved
with the Variety -- The Children s
Charity for years but this is the
first time they will be competing
as a private team so they re look-
ing for sponsors to assist with the
cost involved. They had a
fundraiser at the Classic Comedy
Club and are auctioning on
TradeMe Mr Gilmour s services as
a comedian and wedding cele-
brant among other prizes.
We re hoping to raise enough
money to ensure the team gets on
the road for the Bash, Mr
The former Waitakere city
councillor enjoys the event.
I feel pretty good for my pos-
ition in life and it s good to give
Mr Finn is looking forward to
the event despite the discomfort of
It feels quite strange having
your face covered in green fabric
because it feels like your
eyelashes poke through it when
you blink, he says.
It s a lot of fun and at the end
of the day you know you re mak-
ing a real difference in the lives of
New Zealand children.
Variety fundraising and events
manager Jodi Preston-Thomas
wants to support as many child-
ren and communities as possible.
Visit www.variety.org.nz for more
Go to www.papakuracourier.
co.nz and click on Latest Edition
to watch All Whites players in
last year's Variety Bash.
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