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Selwyn Times: October 25, 2016

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14 Tuesday October 25 2016 SCHOOLS New entrants SELWYN TIMES Kyle, Nina, Briar, Olivia and Amelia started recently at West Melton School. Stevienix Voice started at West Rolleston Primary School on October 17. Has your child recently started school? Send your photos to tom.doudney@ SHOWING SUPPORT: West Melton School has pulled off its biggest muftiday fundraiser, bringing in more than $3000 to help local teenager Maddie Collins get a life-changing kidney transplant. A fundraising campaign aims to bring in the $350,000 needed to get Maddie, 12, to the United States for the operation. Donations from school pupils raised $1197.10 on the Mufti For Maddie day. Also, $500 was donated by Helen Trappitt from Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers and $1500 from Tracey and Joe Brankin from Mike Pero Real Estate. The total came to $3197.10 all together. The pupils’ contribution was more than twice as much as the school’s previous biggest mufti-day donation of $515.80 earlier this year. Dunsandel Community Committee Selwyn Book Fair Dunsandel Sports Centre Sat 29th & Sun 30th October 10am until 5pm Donations of books welcome prior to the Fair. These can be left at the following places, Dunsandel School & Leeston Library (no Readers Digest Condensed Books or magazines please) Selwyn Book Fair All enquires to Rachel Reid Ph:3254664 Dunsandel Community Committee Proceeds going toward the new ‘Dunsandel Community Facility’. Loads of Bargains 1000s of preloved books Booklovers save the date Whether you’re a bookworm or want to support a local cause, the Dunsandel Community Committee Selwyn Book Fair has a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for all to enjoy. Held at the Dunsandel Sports Centre from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, you will find a huge variety of pre-loved books at bargain prices on everything from health and wellbeing to gardening, cooking and children’s books. The free event is a great opportunity for the whole community to come together and get involved whether to donate quality books, help out on the day or buy books ahead of Christmas. In the past, readers have been known to have come from as far away as Timaru to attend the fair. You need not look too far for a bite to eat as there are two cafes close by including a newly refurbished restaurant/café at the well known Dunsandel Tavern which has been taken over by new owners. With plenty of car parking and the event well sign posted, you can’t miss it! The book fair serves as a fundraiser for the new Dunsandel Community Centre which is expected to open in May 2017 and will feature a timber frame structure with brick veneer. The facility will include multiple spaces which can be used as meeting or training rooms, full kitchen and bar, as well as state of the art audio visual equipment and wireless technology. To complement the new building there will also be a large landscaped garden and public space between the existing sports centre and the new facility. Donations of books prior to the fair can be left at the Leeston Library or Dunsandel Primary School. For more information, contact Rachel Reid: 03 325 4664 or visit the Facebook page if you have any further questions.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 25 2016 15 News Nurse’s sojourn inspired by faith NINE YEARS ago a friend passed Rolleston nurse Sharon Valentine a newspaper clipping, saying: “I thought of you when I read this.” The article planted the idea of volunteering with Mercy Ships – a charity which brings free life-saving surgeries to parts of the world where medical care is limited, via hospital ship. The idea stuck in the back of her mind and became a reality this year, when she quit her longstanding position with Rolleston Central Health to volunteer on board the Africa Mercy, while it was docked in Cotonou, in the West African country of Benin. Ms Valentine returned from her seven-week stint last week. She said she had been excited to finally be able to volunteer after previously putting her ambitions on hold due to family illness and work commitments. Inspired by her faith, she was determined to use her nursing skills to provide much needed healthcare for people in Africa who struggle in multi-dimensional poverty. “I will never think of Africa in the same light again,” Ms Valentine said. “Before it was just a colourful continent on the world map. Benin and my experience here will be with me forever.” In her work as an admissions nurse for the Africa Mercy, Ms Valentine made sure pre-selected patients began their treatment with all i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Prior to a patient receiving free surgery, essential medical history is noted. Blood is taken and analysed on board, specific tests are done for each condition, and further examination by the surgeon is conducted. “In admissions we ask heaps of questions in order to obtain an accurate history of the patient,” MATTER OF FAITH: Rolleston’s Sharon Valentine on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, seen above docked in Benin. PHOTOS: MIGUEL OTTAVIANO, MERCY SHIPS ​ Ms Valentine said. “I quite like that sort of thing. Making sure everything is squared away.” Ms Valentine said she felt deep compassion as she saw the extreme results of generations with limited access to even basic healthcare. “We just don’t have these issues at home – if they arise, they are dealt with pronto,” she said. “I have become so aware and grateful for healthcare in my country.” Mercy Ships typically spends 10 months each year in an African port. The patients sometimes walk for days hoping for help that would not otherwise be available to them or their families. “Often, people are apprehensive – they may have never been in hospital before,” Ms Valentine said. Have you booked your Christmas Function At Terrace Downs Resort? • Dinner Functions • Conferences • Activities • Accommodation • Golf Tournaments • Team Building Events Terrace Downs has so much to offer and there’s something for everyone! Our events team will organise a special Christmas event for you! Only a one hour drive from Christchurch. Don’t forget – we have a popular Sunday Buffet on EvERy SunDay! Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: