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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2017

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10 Tuesday March 14 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES WIN A $500 GIFT VOUCHER of your choice Help us find a new home in the Rolleston area Selwyn District Funerals is outgrowing its current Izone Location. We are desperate to find a new home with space for our offices, vehicles, interview lounge and family gathering spaces. We need your help!! If you know of a property for lease or sale drop us a line, email, text, telephone call, or even a smoke signal (once the fire ban is lifted)!! And the successful suggestion will earn you a $500.00 gift voucher from a local business of your choice. Send your idea to info@selwyndistrictfunerals.co.nz The only funeral company in Canterbury with Selwyn District based staff and premises In the heart of the fastest growing region in New Zealand. Unit 3, 35 Illinois Drive, Izone Business Hub, Rolleston. Local 24 Hour Service 03 347 7254

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 14 2017 11 News Sick bed to City2Surf TURNAROUND: Leanne Crawford has put poor health behind her and is looking forward to the City2Surf. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN • By Gabrielle Stuart JUST A year ago, Leanne Crawford could barely walk, had lost 30kg, was constantly sick, and had to put both her work and her wedding on hold – and she had no idea what was going wrong. This month, she will take on the 14km The Star City2Surf with Mike Pero Real Estate event, which she will walk, and she won’t be doing it alone. Her partner, friends and many of the nurses who helped her get on her feet again plan to do the walk beside her – 41 people in total – raising money to help others with the same condition get treatment. The 30-year-old began feeling sick in 2014, but initially doctors did not know what was wrong. It took almost two years for her to be diagnosed and find a treatment, because she was facing a complex mix of parasites in her intestines, crohn’s disease and endometriosis. For much of that time she couldn’t work, and she had to postpone her wedding three times. “It was like my life was turned upside down. It was really, really frightening just not knowing what was going on,” she said. After a Christchurch gastroenterology specialist, Steven Ding, diagnosed her problems, she has made a gradual recovery. But she said it was only possible because of the help she received, and the diagnosis tools provided by the Canterbury Bowel and Liver Trust. “The things that finally got me well cost a lot of money, so I wanted to give something back,” she said. She has already raised almost $1500 through people sponsoring her run. She said she had never done anything like the City2Surf before, and after being sick for so long being able to cross the finish line would feel like a giant victory. “I’m sure there will be tears,” she said. “I finally feel like I’ve got my life back. I can’t go for drinks or dinner like normal, but I am still able to work, which is amazing.” She works for Bupa as an activity organiser, and said they held her job for her, in spite of the fact she was off work for three months. She has also rescheduled her wedding, and plans to marry her partner of eight years, Craig Corboy, this December. “I’m determined I’m going to get down the aisle this time,” she said. •The Star City2Surf with Mike Pero Real Estate, Sunday, March 19, 14km or 6km option walk, jog or run, $25 Entries available at Pak’NSave, New World, The Athletes Foot, YMCA and online at www.city2surf.co.nz Mingha Bluff realignment delayed until next year THE NEW Zealand Transport Agency says a wet alpine summer means the Mingha Bluff realignment project will now be completed by the end of next summer. The $22 million project on State Highway 73, between Greyneys Shelter and Rough Creek near Arthur’s Pass Village, was initially expected to be finished by the end of this month. NZTA highways manager Colin Knaggs said the project was about 80 per cent complete. “While we’re disappointed with the delay, contractors have worked hard to get to this point and we can’t control the weather,” Mr Knaggs said. “As people on the West Coast know, it has been a very wet summer and this has created delays in the final surfacing of the road. “With winter approaching, the plan is to lay a temporary seal over the unfinished sections. This will protect the project over the winter months. We will lay the final seal and put the finishing touches on the project when the weather allows in summer 2017/18.” GET STYLE & SECURITY SALE ON NOW 10 % OFF CHRISTCHURCH ONLY SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS Your fence, your style! QUALITY • STYLE • SECURITY now open 7 days - lunch & dinner - • Woodfire pizza and full menu • Wide range of beers on tap • Full wine and cocktail list • Quiz night on Tuesdays • Roast Lunch and Dinner every Sunday CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Ph 03 421 6481