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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday October 27 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014 Book online at www.sealink.co.nz or call 0800 SEALINK (0800 732 546) SL-14-091 Waiheke Island Great Barrier Island *Available on selected sailings. Conditions apply. Choose your summer destination Adult Return Great Barrier ferry Car + 2 people Return Waiheke ferry 127083-V2 Vol 43, No 85 General 271 8000 ■ Classified 271 8055 ■ Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 ■ Website www.times.co.nz Kelly Flavell Law Subdivisions Telephone (09) 535 2150 102708-V2 Phone 021 951 071 123071-V14 Kevin Marginson NZ Elite 2013-2015 www.kevinmarginson.co.nz Mountfort Estate Agents Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008) SOLD on achieving outstanding results for you LIST NOW FOR SPRING INSIDE New principal’s first day at school ...................... page 2 Avoiding the horrors of Halloween ..................... page 3 Readers’ letters to the editor ........................... pages 8-9 Our Homes TODAY ...................................... pages 14-15 Classified advertising .................................... pages 16-18 Times Sport ..................................................... pages 19-20 123036-v5 Est. 1972 MULTI AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER By CHRIS HARROWELL RJ SINGH is determined to make a difference in any way he can. The Howick musician raised at least $3000 to help the people of Gaza in the Middle East through his Displacement public music concert and art auction event. Mr Singh teamed up with Chris- tian charity Tear Fund to stage the gig, held on October 10 at the Wine Cellar in Karangahape Road, Central Auckland. “At least 300 people came along and it was a pretty epic night,” Mr Singh told the Times. “I was so stoked that after the eight weeks I spent researching and strat- egising it all worked out exactly how I hoped. “Displacement wasn’t just about raising money, but changing people’s perspectives on Gaza. “It was a very vibrant and socially conscious night.” The most recent military conflict between Israel and the Hamas gov- ernment in Gaza, Palestine, began on July 7. The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that about 8000 housing units in Gaza were severely damaged or destroyed in the wide- spread violence. The destruction resulted in more than 100,000 residents being made homeless. Mr Singh, 36, says performances by singer-songwriter Jesse Sheehan and the band Mice on Stilts were among the night’s many musical highlights. “Sheehan is working on a new music album at the moment and he had people rocking. “Mice on Stilts were mesmerising. They had the right sound for the night and performed songs about pain, dis- comfort and human struggle.” Two staff from Tear Fund’s Cen- tral Auckland office joined the large audience of music fans at the Dis- placement show. One of them is the organisation’s education and justice advocate, Rev- erend Francis Ritchie. Rev Ritchie spoke to the crowd about Tear Fund’s work in Gaza and his experiences in the Palestinian Territories and Israel. “He was able to deliver stories in an authentic context,” says Mr Singh. “People were really into what he had to say. “The whole night was about togetherness and breaking down stereotypes. “Those are things that need to hap- pen more in society.” Rev Ritchie says Tear Fund is grateful to Mr Singh for having put so much time and effort into organising Displacement. “We appreciate it immensely,” he says. “Tear Fund runs a lot of events so we know what goes into it.” Money raised on the night will go to the Bethlehem Bible College’s Shepherd Society. “It’s a small Christian Baptist church helping people in Gaza who have pretty much lost everything,” says Rev Ritchie. “It helps people get food, medicine and shelter when they haven’t got the money to access these things. “The money raised through Dis- placement will help a fair number of families. “Tear Fund supports humanitar- ian efforts in Gaza because we want to show there are people around the world who care.” To support Tear Fund’s work in Gaza, phone 0800-800 -777, or refer online to www.tearfund.org.nz. “The whole night was about togetherness and breaking down stereotypes.” – RJ Singh SPEAKING OUT: Howick musician RJ Singh raised at least $3000 for the people of Gaza in the Middle East through his Displacement public event, which included the auction of photographic artworks. Times photo Wayne Martin Support of endeavour applauded To support Tear Fund’s work in Gaza, phone 0800-800 -777, or refer online to www.tearfund.org.nz.
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