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Kidney trials their special bond
The Mad Butcher and
Community Trust is
fundraising with the
Papakura Courier and
Kidney Kids to raise
$132,000 for the
purchase of four new
to be installed in the first
haemodialysis unit at
Starship Hospital. The
campaign is called
Project Kidney and we're
asking our readers to get
The Mad Butcher and
Suburban Newspapers Community Trust
By KERRY GALLAGHER
Dynamic duo, left: Joeli Vidiri
and 8-year-old Tristin Mackay
both need kidney transplants.
Flashback, right: Jonah Lomu
and Joeli Vidiri celebrate after
the 1997 NPC semifinal
when they played for
Counties. They both had their
playing careers cut short by
THEIR stories could not be more
different -- except for an illness that
brings them together.
Former star rugby wing Joeli
Vidiri and 8-year-old Tristin Mac-
kay are the faces of Kidney Kids.
The former had a stellar career
for the Auckland Blues and played
for the All Blacks before being cut
down by illness. The latter met his
challenges much earlier in life.
Tristin was born with Prune Belly
Syndrome, a one in 80,000 condition
and was only given 10 days to live.
But nearly nine years later he has
overcome the odds and his mother
Helon calls him a miracle . He only
has a third of one kidney function-
ing though and will need a trans-
plant. Helon will be the donor.
Needing a kidney transplant is a
bond Tristin shares with Mr Vidiri,
who he met last year.
Both are teaming up to raise
awareness of kidney illnesses.
Mr Vidiri, 38, suffers from neph-
ritis, a disease that affects the
kidneys blood filter. He has been
waiting for a kidney transplant
The former All Black, Fijian
national and Blues wing was on top
of his game in the late 1990s. The
then-powerful Blues had a strike
force the envy of any team in the
world with Jonah Lomu on the
But superstardom did not save
Mr Vidiri, or Mr Lomu, from
succumbing to kidney disease.
Both had their careers cut short
and each underwent dialysis treat-
Mr Vidiri realised his life expect-
ancy would reduce drastically if he
didn t receive a transplant. But to
date, unlike his friend Mr Lomu, no
donor has been found.
Meanwhile he has been raising
awareness about kidney disease
with the Auckland Kidney Society
and Kidney Kids -- a parent-driven
organisation set up to meet the
needs of children, and the families
of children, who have kidney dis-
Mr Vidiri is co-patron and Mr
Lomu is patron.
Mr Vidiri played two tests for the
All Blacks and 11 times for Fiji, his
country of birth. He also played
sevens for both, and won a gold
medal for New Zealand at the 1998
Commonwealth Games. He played
61 times for the Blues in Super
rugby and 71 times for Counties
Manukau in the National Provincial
Championship -- now the ITM Cup.
Donations can be made at the
Papakura Courier office at 33
Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki, or
posted to Project Kidney, Mad
Butcher and Suburban Newspapers
Community Trust, PO Box 92815,
Penrose, Auckland. You can bank
your contribution direct into the
Project Kidney account 03
02430268896 00 at any Westpac.
Composting workshops share benefits
Teaching people how to turn
yesterday s leftovers into to-
morrow s lunch is the aim of the
Tutors from the project s North
Shore-based environment centre
will be holding free Create Your
Own Eden composting workshops
in Clevedon on Saturday and Papa-
kura next month.
Participants will be introduced to
the benefits of composting and the
three main systems to use -- tra-
ditional bin, worm-farming and
Each household also receives a
$23 discount voucher to spend on a
People surveyed after attending
the three-hour course estimated
they now put out a third less waste
for collection with their kitchen
and garden waste being put to good
If we are composting we are
keeping organic waste out of our
landfills, Kaipatiki Project man-
ager Hamish Hopkinson says.
If it ends up there it converts
into methane gases and leachates
that do 21 times more harm to the
environment than CO2.
The message isn t just about a
healthier planet though -- there are
real economic benefits for Auck-
Bookings are being taken now for
the workshops at Clevedon on
Saturday, 1pm to 4pm, and Papa-
kura on July 28, 10am to 1pm.
Go to kaipatiki.org.nz/courses to
book online or phone 482 1172.
The project is funded by Auckland
STEP UP FOR FUNDRAISING TREADATHON
Jetts Fitness is organising a
Kidney Kids Treadathon to take
place from 10am on June 28 to
10am on June 29.
The event will be the second of
its kind run by the fitness chain at
its 26 clubs nationwide and will
be open to everyone.
All proceeds will go into the
Mad Butcher and Suburban
Newspapers Community Trust's
Project Kidney account to be
spent on four haemodialysis
machines Starship's Paediatric
Go to fundraiseonline.co.nz/
jettstreadathon for more
Police call for information
Papakura police are
seeking information on
the whereabouts of Phil-
They have a warrant
for his arrest in relation
to the aggravated rob-
bery at a Pukekohe
address in September
Electronic items such
as TVs and Xboxes were
taken from the address, Detective
Simon Taylor says.
Police have already caught two of
Kauwhata s associates and
they are now before the
Kauwhata is described
as a 30-year-old with
greying hair of fat build.
Police believe he s likely to
be in the Rosehill/Papa-
Residents are warned
not to approach him.
Contact Mr Taylor on
263 2726 with information or call
anonymously through the Crime-
stoppers line on 0800 555 111.
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