Nor West News : November 18th 2010
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, November 18, 2010 Abigail the face of Operation Heal campaign OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspaper s Community Trust Little battler: Abigail Josey and her dad Steve. She is the face of Operation Heal. Abigail Josey was just three when she received third degree burns to her back. Today she is a happy 13-year-old living a relatively normal life. Proud mum Tracey says Abigail doesn t let her past get her down -- despite the scarring caused by a pot of boiling potatoes. She s only really conscious of it when she swims, the mother of seven says. There was an occasion when she was called names by some children who d heard about what had happened but hadn t even seen her back. Abigail just makes sure she wears a t-shirt over the top of her togs. The Joseys were living in Whangarei when Abigail was injured. They had given notice to their landlord and were preparing for a shift to Tauranga where father Steve had signed up for a training course. Their world was turned upside down in a mat- ter of moments. There is no easy way to get around that sort of thing. But you just have to keep going even though it feels like things have all come to a grinding halt. Abigail was transferred to the National Burn Centre in Auckland after a week and spent a month in the care of its staff. She wore pressure garments to aid her recovery for nearly a year. It all seems a long time ago now. But Tracey will never forget how traumatic and painful the exercise was for everyone and urges all Nor- west News readers to get behind Operation Heal and its efforts to raise money for the unit. The fundraiser is being run by the Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust. Donations will go towards a high-tech microscope used by surgeons to help get people like Abigail on the mend. I ve always said that something like this could happen to anybody. Raising money for this equipment is achievable if everybody gives just a little bit. Then it will be there for the benefit of our whole community. Donations to Operation Heal can be made at the Nor- west News office, Highway 16, above the Kumeu Garden Centre, Huapai, or posted direct to; Operation Heal, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Or text HEAL to 4740 to make a $3 donation. Top burn surgeon puts patients first P5. Bald move for charity Charity shaver: Kayla Erceg will have her head shaved by Danielle Olliver this Saturday to raise money for Child Cancer Foundation. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS By CAROLYN THOMAS KAYLA Erceg s long locks are her trademark. But on Saturday the Kaipara College student s head will be shaved to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation. All are welcome to see Kayla and others in a shave- a-thon at Expressions Hair and Beauty at 167 Parkhurst Rd in Parakai from 1pm to 4pm. Proceeds go to the charity which supports children with cancer and their families with financial, emotional and practical assistance. People value hair so much, the 15-year-old says. It s hard enough to deal with cancer without losing your hair -- a part of your appearance. It will be the first time the year 11 pupil has cut her hair apart from trims. I ve just never really wanted to, Kayla says. Even a few centimetres is a big shock when I get it trimmed. It s just a part of me -- I m known as the girl with long hair. Her locks will be used for cancer patients wigs. Saloon owner Danielle Olliver wanted to help chil- dren and the Shave Your Lid For a Kid campaign was per- fect. I ve only just bought the saloon and I want to use it to help people, Danielle says. There will be raffles, face painting and a sausage sizzle sponsored by the Helensville Meat Centre. Donations can be dropped into the saloon or made online at www.fundraiseon line.co.nz/kayla.expressions towards the fundraiser.
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