North Harbour News : October 17th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, October 17, 2014 Sick cousin spurs O’Malley By ERICA DONALD Luke O’Malley is a man on a mission. The 25-year-old has just cycled from Auckland to Invercargill to raise awareness of a disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It’s a relatively unknown disease, and one which the former Albany resident found out about when he visited his 8-year-old cousin, Jack Pomeroy, who suffers from the terminal illness. Duchenne results in muscle degeneration and leads to serious issues relating to the heart and lungs. Two years ago O’Malley stayed with Jack’s family in South Australia. After seeing their physical and emotional pain and hearing Jack crying himself to sleep, he decided to raise as much money as possible to help find a cure. At the time Jack was only 5 years old and had to have his cramping legs massaged hard every night to loosen them. Currently there is no cure, but there are treatments to slow the progression. O’Malley cycled more than 2850km in total in around 20 days, finishing yesterday. Part of his mission was raising money for Action Duchenne, a national charity which aims to find a cure, along the way. ‘‘I am doing this for my cousin and all of his pals to highlight the efforts that Action Duchenne are involved in to try and find a cure,’’ O’Malley says. ‘‘We hope these children and young people can benefit now, but the reality may be that future generations will be the ones who can walk into their adulthood and live long and full lives.’’ There was a quick break when he was just outside Auckland and slipped on the road. His bike was run over by a truck. After getting it fixed up he was off again, undeterred. ‘‘I’m not the fittest of men. It’s been a lot harder than I thought. ‘‘I scared myself half to death cycling through the night but if I am able to bring hope, or save a single life, then it will all be worth it.’’ Jack is ‘‘loving it’’ and thinks what his cousin is doing is brilliant. There are 300,000 chil- dren with Duchenne worldwide and 99 per cent of sufferers are male. ❚ Visit facebook.com/ ridingforjack or justgiving.com/Luke-OMalley1 to donate. Close bond: Luke O’Malley with his cousin Jack Pomeroy, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Ukuleles are primed By CARALISE TRAYES UKULELE players and artists can unleash their creative juices to pimp their ukes for Ukulele Heaven. The annual event hosted at Orewa Arts and Events Centre on November 14 and 15 is already drawing international acclaim with players booking tickets. Convention co-ordinator Avon Hansen-Beadle runs ukulele groups on the Hibiscus Coast and North Shore and has more than 20 years experience teaching music, and seven as a uke coach. ‘‘The event is going to be fantastic. We are going for a Guinness Book of Records for the most left-handed uke players assembled in one place. There’s no record, so we are going to set the benchmark,’’ Avon says. ‘‘We are also involved with Ukuleles for Peace this year, which is a programme running to get Jewish and Arab children playing ukuleles together.’’ Avon is confident the Orewa event will have something for everyone. Pimp my Uke is one of the new elements at the event along with Ukulele Heroes, where some of the best international and local uke heroes will all be on the stage for a night of performance. The Friday night event will kick start the Saturday event with Marian Burns, Caroline Zeeman and Clare ➤RAD-ULELES Pimp my Ukulele Competition – uke players and artists alike are invited to let their imaginations go wild and pimp ukes for an exhibition as part of the event. The custom uke creations will be put on display at various locations throughout next month including the Estuary Art Centre in Orewa from November 1. Entries are $20 each and winners will be announced at the Ukulele Heroes Concert. For registration visit ukuleleheaven.co.nz. Ukes unite: The Ukulele Heaven Convention is back at Orewa Arts and Events Centre in November with international acts ready to jam. UKULELEHEAVENPROGRAMME November 14: 7.30pm – Ukulele Heroes Concert at Orewa Arts and Events Centre. November 15: Ukulele Heaven Convention: 9am – Registration 9.30am – Welcome 9.45am-11.15am – McCormack, AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands, Max Maxwell, Ben (Country Boy) Workshops Noon-1pm – Lunch provided 1pm – Workshops 2pm – Masterclass with AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands 3pm – Open mic 7.30pm-10.30pm – Concert in auditorium. Collier from The Nukes, Paul Jonson and Kevin Fogarty. Go to northharbournews. co.nz to watch a video of last year’s Ukulele Heaven concert and get a taste of things to come. Click Latest Edition. time, and concludes with a concert. Last year’s event sold out with more than 150 visitors. You don’t have to be a uke Music maker: Convention co-ordinator Avon Hansen-Beadle is sure the event will be another sell-out success. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and nibbles. Saturday is full of workshops, masterclasses, performances, open mic player to attend, entertainment is set to impress any appreciative listener. ❚ For more information visit ukuleleheaven.co.nz.
October 10th 2014