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Page 12 MORRIN'S A MAN OF PEACE In a life that has seen him accomplish many feats, former popular mayor of Howick, Morrin Cooper, has received another accolade, being named as an ambassador of peace. Page 5 Ho sy Award 2012 POLICEMAN Merv Hotter and ﬁreﬁghter Stephen Thuell are getting ready to start sweating as they team up to tackle an increas- ingly common disease. The energetic duo is taking part in the annual Point-To-Pub fun run from Musick Point in Bucklands Beach to The Prospect of Howick in Picton Street, but with a special twist. They will jog the 7.5km circuit on December 1 wearing their emergency service uniforms and boots, and call on the wider community to back their efforts, with all money raised to be donated to the Child Cancer Foundation. Mr Hotter, Highland Park’s com- munity police constable, says he’s running out of a desire to make a positive difference. He’s calling their mission “the emergency run for child cancer”. “I’m hoping to raise $10,000 and thought I’d get a lot of support if I do it in my police uniform,” the father- of-two told the Times. “The run ﬁnishes right before the Howick Santa Parade starts, so hopefully there will be lots of people cheering us on.” Several East Auckland schools are boosting the pair’s efforts, including Pakuranga College, Bucklands Beach and Somerville Intermediates, and Pigeon Mountain Primary. PlaceMakers Pakuranga staff are chipping in as well. “I thought it was something differ- ent,” says Mr Hotter, of his plans. “I’m not really a runner, in fact I hate running, so it’s going to be a long event. “The kids the Child Cancer Foun- dation supports have a rough start to life, so if we can make it any easier or more comfortable in some way I’m more than happy to help.” Mr Thuell, based at Otara ﬁre sta- tion, may have the tougher job on the run, as he’ll have a heavy oxygen tank strapped to his back. “I was supermarket shopping and bumped into Merv,” he says. “He said, ‘I’m looking for a ﬁreman for this run, so why don’t you join me?’ “It’s a great cause. It’s going to be extremely difﬁcult and the worst thing will be the heat. Our ﬁre suits are good for keeping ﬂames out, but they also keep the heat in.” To prepare for the Point-To-Pub, Mr Hotter has been jogging 5km ﬁve times a week, while Mr Thuell has been doing a lot of cross-ﬁt training and sprinting. One thing they aren’t looking for- ward to is the course’s hills. “Mellons Bay Road is very steep and Clovelly Road will be a killer,” says Mr Hotter. Mr Thuell adds: “If you think about what the sick children go through, they don’t have a choice, but we do.” Hema Prashar, the Child Cancer Foundation’s Auckland and North- land events and fundraising man- ager, says money the pair collects will go towards its home and support services. “We aren’t government funded, so we really appreciate Merv and Stephen’s efforts,” she says. “It will be used for our beads of courage therapeutic programme, in which every child who receives treatment is given a bead. “Each year, New Zealand children undergo 100,000 cancer treatments or procedures. Three children each week are diagnosed in this country with some form of cancer.” People can donate money to the ■ emergency run for child cancer on- line at www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/ emergencyrun. PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: Highland Park community police constable Merv Hotter, left, is teaming up with Otara fire station officer Stephen Thuell on a gruelling run in uniform to raise money for child cancer research. Times photo Wayne Martin Sweat and toil on beat Two members of East Auckland's emergency services are running 7.5km to help children with cancer. By CHRIS HARROWELL.
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