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THE TRIBUNE, NOVEMBER 30, 2011
For further information on any of the above or the society activities or
services that we offer in the Tararua & Horowhenua District please
Phone 06 356 5355
TARARUA 0800 777 842 & HOROWHENUA (06)367 8065
Cancer Society of NZ
Manawatu Centre Inc
Te Roopu Mate Pukupuku O Manawatu
1st Massage and Reflexology
6th Naturalwear all day appointments
7th Relay For Life Team Captains
Men's Support Group 6.30pm
Pot Luck Dinner
8th Massage and Reflexology
Tai Chi 1pm With Chris Hattle
Women's Cancer Support Group
Pot Luck Dinner 6.30pm
13th Patient Education Programme
2pm For patients undergoing radiation
Family / whanau are also invited
14th Jenny Collett 1 to 2pm
Lymphedema Support Group
Prostate Group 7pm
Manawatu is renowned for its outdoor
events, and with a sizzling summer
season coming up, organisers are
being encouraged to ensure people are
protected from the sun.
People in Manawatu are in for a
treat this summer, with a line up of
great summer fun including Christmas
Parades, duathlons, triathlons, cycling
events, Farmers Markets, Waitangi Day
Festival in The Square, Esplanade Day
and Festival of Cultures.
We can enjoy some great days out while
still staying safe from the sun. Organisers
can easily include sun protection in
their planning to help keep Manawatu
residents safe from skin cancer.
following a few easy steps.
Wherever possible schedule events
outside of 10am -4pm, as these are
normally the times when UV rays are at
Make the most of any existing shade at
the event site, and organise some shade
of your own, like marquees, tents and
umbrellas. Encourage people to bring
their own shade as well.
Display a SunSmart message on your
programmes, invitations, flyers, tickets,
posters and signage. During the event
itself, simple SunSmart reminders can be
given over the public address system.
Officials at summer events can also
Wearing clothes that keep you safe in
the sun sets a great example. Officials
are encouraged to wear hats with wide
brims or bucket style hats, sunglasses,
and as sun protective clothing such as
shirts with collars and long sleeves.
And if possible, arrange a supply of
SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen for
officials and participants who don't bring
The Manawatu Cancer Society has
sunscreen dispensers available to loan
for community and group events and
For further information:
(06) 356 5355,
Events organisers urged to
keep people of Manawatu
safe from the sun
What's on in December
at Addis House
135 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North
Family worth the effort
We just had a family celebration.
It was my mother-in-law s 80th
birthday and, contrary to popu-
lar mythology, I am very fond of her!
And as we gathered -- friends, children,
grandchildren, great grandchildren -- we
had a wonderful celebration of family as it
is meant to be. But getting there was the
In agreeing to host the event, my rather
lethargic spring efforts were forced into
overdrive. The garden was a tip, due
largely to my overly long winter hiber-
nation. The deck desperately needed
painting. And that was the tip of the ice-
Everything needed to be mopped,
dusted, rearranged, sanitised and
deodorised. The two-week lead-in was
I have to say that it did not all come
down to me.
My father-in-law has fostered my piti-
fully poor project management develop-
ment -- and kept the deck project moving.
The kids, the two at home at least,
dabbled in being useful when under direct
orders (and then oddly disappeared for
long periods of time).
The rest of family mucked in. And
slowly I got through the list.
Now the list is a thing that can domi-
nate any man s free time.
It is generally not compiled by the man
as, due to the well-developed gift of tuning
out unpleasant data, we fail to notice
This is a truly remarkable gift (and
strangely under-appreciated by the
women in our lives).
I have to confess that Carolyn s list was
probably longer than mine.
The catering was huge and, as I have
noticed for classy events, my cooking
prowess was not required. So I was kept to
the cleaning and doing as I was told.
A comment on this -- being able to see a
better way of doing things is not welcome
information when the pressure is on -- just
take my word for it!
And so the guests arrived. By this time
you are semi-comatose and yet valiantly
attempting to be the life and soul of the
party (not one of my gifts I can assure
But, as we gathered, the magic of being
together took over and I will treasure the
memories, the time with family, the joy of
being together that is hard to explain.
There is something about these times that
whispers of the utter preciousness of fam-
ily.And over the primitive practice of sit-
ting down together to eat good food and
talk our lives are reconnected and we
recover our hearts for one another -- and
our hearts tell us this is really good. Fam-
ily, being together, is worth fighting for.
It might be work, it might force us to do
things we hate, we might feel like slaves
at times, but there are times when we
realise just how small our puny sacrifices
So Christmas is coming up. I confess the
thought of doing it all again in a month is
not on top of my list . But I wouldn t miss
it for anything. And if the energy required
puts you off -- it is all worth it when we
look back. Memories are the essential
building blocks of family, of being fully
human together, and you just might
recover your heart.
Nigel Dixon is a Palmerston North life
coach and father of four.
Speedy Santa: Sharon Boardman, left, and Richard Boardman dressed
up as Rudolph and Santa for last year's Central Districts Motorcycle
Touring Club's annual toy run.
Soft toys get a ride
By LAURA WALTERS
Soft toys and motorbikes are not
two things that usually go
together but the Central Dis-
tricts Motorcycle Touring Club
have been partnering up these
items for the past 25 years in
support of local charities.
The club started its annual
toy run quarter of a century ago
to collect toys for charities at
the start of the Christmas
For about the past 10 years
the toys have gone to the chil-
dren and families charity
Committee member Clint
Humphrey was at the club s
first toy run, and had been sup-
porting the event ever since.
Toy runs have been done for
as long as motorcycle clubs have
been around, he said.
The toy run gave friends with
a common interest the chance to
get together and do something
for the community, Mr Humph-
Saturday s ride will cover
100km, starting at Manchester
Square in Feilding at 1pm and
finishing at the carpark outside
Cloverlea Tavern in Palmerston
Anyone with a motorbike and
a toy is welcome to join in.
Each rider brings a toy along
for the ride and hands it over at
Mr Humphrey said Santa led
the ride, and often people
decorated their motorbikes with
It was unclear why the event
had been successful for such a
long time, he said.
But the thought of coming
together appealed to people
from around the country who
had not seen each other in a
It s a good event because a
lot of people will know each
And they can come together
from all over the country.
The club also makes a badge
for the ride each year.
A lot of people who ride
motorbikes liked to collect
badges, Mr Humphrey said.
Last year there were about 80
people on the toy run -- 18 to
80-year-olds, and Suzukis to
Harley, but the club hoped to
get up to 100 this year.
Mr Humphrey rides a Suzuki
1200 and became hooked on the
club when he was a teenager.
I got a motorbike before I got
a push bike.
The event went well every
year, and the club always got
positive feedback from
Barnardos and the community,
Around Christmas time is
when all those charities want to
step it up.
The Central Districts Motor-
cycle Club never had any
problems with safety, or com-
[It] is different from most
clubs. It works because every-
one wants to be there, Mr
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