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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, October 7, 2013 --- 5 111380-V10 Be a hero. Rescue a pet. This is the perfect time to adopt a pet. We've got hundreds of animals that've been vet checked, desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. So visit our website or call 09 256 7300, then come and meet the one for you. We're open 7 days, from 10am-4pm, at 50 Westney Road, Mangere. spca.org.nz Gen-X Global Ltd 123783 SUMMER STYLES RE ERE! OPEN SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 CLOSED MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 LABOUR WEEKEND: www.sprayman.co.nz Transform your kitchen and save RESURFACE RESTORE RECOLOUR call SPRAYMAN on 625 8776 for a free quotation 123782 By DAVID MCPHERSON KAIRYN Andrews raced home from school very excited and told his mum she had to come to his Community Swim lesson the next week. When Crissina Toia asked him why, eight-year-old Kairyn told her he was going to be the centre of attention at Lloyd Elsmore Pool and Leisure Centre. “Then I got a call from the school explaining that Kairyn had been chosen as the 500,000th swim- mer for the Sir John Walker’s Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation (FYFOD) fagship programme,” she says. “He was excited and demanded I take time off work to be there.” She arrived to fnd him wearing a gold swimming cap – standing out from his Point View School- mates. “Kairyn loves the water and always asks if we can go to the pools during weekends and holi- days. A regular question is ‘why don’t we have a pool at home’,” says Ms Toia, with a laugh. The milestone was reached on September 25, as Kairyn enjoyed his seventh and fnal lesson of the year. “His older sister has been through the programme and loved it, and his younger brother starts school next year,” says Ms Toia. The idea for the programme came during a chat over a cuppa between then Manukau mayor Len Brown and councillor Sir John, and the FYFOD Foundation was launched in 2008. “If we can save one life as a result of these lessons, we’ll have achieved what we set out to do,” says Sir John. What started as a pilot pro- gramme for year 3 pupils at Wakaaranga and Yendarra Pri- mary Schools in term two of 2008 grew to 21 schools by the end of that year. This year, 80 schools have taken part, with four buses – sponsored by the Lion Foundation – running almost full-time ferrying the chil- dren to and from the public pools. Lion Foundation trustee Simon White thanks Sir John for starting the programme. “Since the foundation was founded 30 years ago, $700 mil- lion has been granted to commu- nity projects, including $3.5m to FYFOD,” says Mr White. More than 50,000 youngsters across South and East Auckland have participated in the pro- gramme designed to provide free swim lessons to primary school pupils. It has been extended to include year 4-6 students. This year, the number of lessons taught is expected to top 120,000. “Our children are our future and it’s impossible to overestimate the importance of what has been achieved,” says Mr Brown. “I don’t think anyone back in 2008 could have imagined that we might get to this point. “This is a real credit to the vision of Sir John, the energy of the foun- dation board and staff and enthu- siasm of the schools and pools involved.” The Community Swim pro- gramme is a partnership between the Auckland Council, Swimgym and Lion Foundation. FYFOD general manager Rick Pickard says it has been fortunate that its programme delivery and funding partners “have shared our vision of providing the opportu- nities for young people to pursue their sporting dream”. “We’re very grateful for the continued support of the council, Lion Foundation and professional instructors at Swimgym, who deliver these lessons.” Swimgym gave Kairyn the red life jacket he wore during the 500,000th swim and a voucher for a year’s worth of swimming les- sons, valued at $600. SPECIAL MOMENT: Kairyn Andrews enjoys the attention with, from left, Lion Foundation trustee Simon White, Mayor Len Brown and Sir John Walker. Times photo David McPherson More kids learn to swim CREATIONS HAIR DESIGN 9 Litten Rd, Cockle Bay. 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Drop-off collection points will also be available at council libraries and the Manukau Service Centre, ground foor, Kotuku House, 4 Osterley Way, Manukau, from October 9-11 during normal offce hours and from 9am to midday on Saturday. Twenty-fve candidates are standing in the Howick Local Board’s three subdivisions. Howick ward councillors, Sharon Stewart and Dick Quax, have been returned unopposed. Four candidates are standing in the Wairoa subdivision of the Franklin Local Board. Seventeen candidates have also put their names forward to run for mayor of the super-city, while 19 candidates are competing for seven seats on the Counties Manukau District Health Board. Anyone not enrolled can register to cast ■ a special vote by phoning 0800-367-656, or online at www.elections.org.nz. Candidate details are available at www. voteauckland.co.nz and at www.times. co.nz/elections-2013.
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