Kapiti Observer : August 4th 2011
38 THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 A BRAND SPANKING NEW PANASONIC 42” 3D TELEVISION UP FOR GRABS EVERY DAY FOR 5 WEEKS! SEE YOUR DOMINION POST FOR YOUR DAILY CHANCE TO WIN 2”” 33DD 4422”” DD TT EEEEEEV EEEEVVVVEE EEEEVVVVEE WIN NCEE TO W Amnesty to get furry fundraisers By TASHA BLACK Four-legged furry friends will be in Coastlands this weekend to raise money for Amnesty Inter- national. A chihuahua and a great dane are ‘‘registered collectors’’ for the Freedom Week appeal tomorrow and Saturday, said Kapiti/Horowhenua Amnesty International group co-ordinator Wickham Pack. ‘‘What’s Amnesty International? I say it’s the SPCA for people because that’s what we do. We stop cruelty, and that’s why we’ve got dogs collecting.’’ The dogs will be in Coastlands on Saturday and a fully furnished and restored two-storey Dutch dolls house will be raffled off in Pak ’n Save, because ‘‘children should be as safe as houses’’, said Ms Pack. Amnesty International is celebrating 50 years and Freedom Week co-ordinator Mo Farrell urged Kapiti residents to dig deep in their pockets. ‘‘Fifty years ago, Amnesty was started by one man calling on others to join him in standing up against injustice.’’ Amnesty International was jointly started in New Zealand in 1965 by Raumati Beach resident Mary Singleton. Ms Singleton wrote in an article for the organisation’s 40th birthday, ‘‘It all began with a book. One day by sheer chance I picked up a book called Persecution 61 by Peter Benenson. It contained a number of case histories of people who had been imprisoned and tortured for expressing dissident beliefs . . . I’d had a pretty sheltered middle-class upbringing and I found the stories in the book deeply shocking.’’ She wrote to Amnesty International in London and was given the name of another New Zea- lander, Stan Roberts, who was keen to start a group up. ‘‘The first meetings with Stan all took place in my very poky little flat,’’ she wrote. ‘‘The beginnings were so humble and so infor- mal and now it’s so organised.’’ Ms Pack said the Kapiti/Horowhenua Group had been around for 26 years and had a ‘‘quiet and flourishing presence’’ in the region. They won Amnesty’s Dove Award for most effective group in NZ three times. Collections will take place at Paekakariki, Para- paraumu and Waikanae stations, Paekakariki and Raumati shops, Waikanae New World and Waikanae Countdown. On Saturday Otaki New World, Coastlands and Kapiti Pak’n Save will host collections. Council’s greenest street contest is back again Neighbours looking to decrease their carbon foot- print can join together for a second round of the Greenest Street competition. The Kapiti Coast District Council-run competition has a prize of $3000, to be split three ways between a charity, school and the street to spend communally. Te Roto Rd won the inaug- ural Greenest St competition by implementing car-less days and reducing their CO2 emissions. Not all houses on one street have to take part and participants don’t have to all live on the same street, just near to each other. For more information visit kapiticoast.govt.nz . Regis- trations are due by August 8.
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