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Initiatives rewarded with payouts for three projects
Three organisations have received
money from the 2011-12 allocation
of the Palmerston North Local
Rangiwahia Environmental Arts
Centre Trust will run 10 free
workshops for community groups,
schools and individuals with a focus
on fun and creative green projects.
The Crewe Community Garden
wants to purchase a shipping
container to store equipment in and
buy materials for the garden
community to use.
Parents Inc intends to deliver 45
presentations to schools designed to
encourage young people to make
good life choices.
The purpose of the fund is to
support new projects with the
potential for meaningful impact.
Palmerston North City Council
administers the fund. The criteria
includes initiatives that make the
environment cleaner or more
attractive; increase the safety of
residents; increase skill levels of
local people; or promote networking
between community groups and
Applicants are encouraged to
think more creatively about new
projects. This year a small amount
of funding remained unallocated
due to a lack of applications that
met guidelines. Funding cannot be
used for fundraising, travel or
Applications for the next funding
round will be called for in October.
Sallies battle against scourge of P
Restoration: Salvation Army staff Philip Eichler and Cyndi Friend at the church's new bridge centre. Mr Eichler likens the
work to the story of David and Goliath depicted on the Andy Campbell painting.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON
By JUDITH LACY
When David took on Goliath meth-
amphetamine was unknown.
Today it is a big scourge on
society and one the Salvation
detoxification programme hopes to
help people recover from.
The programme can cater for
three adults at a time in the Milson
house. Staff are on site and awake
During the day the clients do a
recovery-focused programme based
on the church's abstinence-based
Priority is given to people with P
The residential programme has
been Philip Eichler's dream for
more than 10 years.
Clearly emotional at the official
opening last week, Mr Eichler said
it was not just a significant day for
him but for the lost and broken in
the community who will now be
given the opportunity to find hope
He said the biblical story of David
and Goliath encapsulates much of
the battle against methampheta-
mine -- Goliath was big and scary
somewhat like the drug. Any drug
that holds someone in addiction is
an enemy of the God he serves.
Mr Eichler, the men's hostel and
bridge programme manager, said in
a sense he is but a boy in the addic-
tion arena. He does not come with
qualifications, but with heart,
passion and tenacity to see people
set free and healed.
David killed Goliath by cutting
his head off.
We are not wanting to cut
anyone's head off, but we are want-
ing to put a death nail in the coffin
Methamphetamine ruins people's
lives, diminishes their wairua and
their ability to relate to their cre-
ator, he said.
Among the centre's decorations is
a painting of the David and Goliath
battle by Bulls artist Andy Camp-
Since opening in September, the
centre has had three people through
it and another was due to arrive last
Mr Eichler came to Palmerston
North in 1997 and soon became
aware of the need for a bridge pro-
The church could provide accom-
modation, support and advocacy,
but not addiction treatment.
Palmerston North corps officer
Major Allan Bateman said when he
arrived three years ago he was sur-
prised to find the city did not have
an addiction ministry. So it was a
big hallelujah'' now the service had
Representing Palmerston North
City Council, Papaioea ward coun-
cillor Susan Baty said she was often
asked how she liked her new job.
From a corporate background she
had previously had little to do with
the community. But in the past 12
months she had met some amazing
people in non-profit organisations,
and she loved her new job.
Ms Baty thought the programme
would be successful because there
was 24-hour support and it was
People can feel normal in a com-
She said she knew Milson people
would support the programme,
which was a chance to change lives
and have a life.
The Salvation Army's
detoxification programme provides
six days of social, as opposed to
The programme's focus is sup-
porting clients to normalise their
health and lifestyle by providing a
low-stimulus environment in which
normal, healthy patterns of sleep,
nutrition and exercise are devel-
oped. Education, individual support
and group work are provided.
Before being accepted clients are
assessed, including their ability to
live independently in the com-
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