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Friday, April 22, 2011
You have done it!
The high-tech Operation Heal equipment is here
Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00
The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust
Team effort: With the new operating microscope, from left: Counties Manukau DHB chief medical officer Don Mackie, Alissandra Canal (surgeon),
Counties Manukau DHB chief executive officer Geraint Martin, Meredith Simcock (surgeon), Suburban Newspapers general manager David Penny,
Richard Wong She (surgeon), Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch.
CONGRATULATIONS to all our
readers -- you ve done it!
A new high-tech operating
microscope arrived in the country
this month for use in the National
Burn Centre at Middlemore Hos-
It was bought with proceeds
from Operation Heal -- a
fundraising initiative promoted by
this publication as a key player in
the Mad Butcher and Suburban
Newspapers Community Trust.
Our readers joined others right
across the region to give gener-
ously to the appeal during the lead
up to Christmas.
Cheques, cash and text
donations, combined with a charity
fundraising dinner resulted in a
final tally of $230,000.
That s a phenomenal amount,
trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch
says. This microscope will change
the lives of so many New Zealand-
ers. It will allow surgeons to carry
out incredibly intricate
reconstructive and plastics surgery
quicker and better than ever
Anything we can do to help get
burn patients back on their feet
grateful to everyone for getting
behind us on this.
Future beneficiaries will include
people like Abigail Josey -- the
little girl who became the face of
our campaign along with her dad
She was just three when she
suffered third degree burns to her
back after an accident in the
Abigail s mum Tracey was
among those who urged readers to
get behind Operation Heal.
She is thrilled with the outcome
and says the microscope will help
get people like her daughter on the
We did it, the mother of seven
says. I want to thank everyone
who worked together to make this
happen. Having this equipment
will benefit the whole community
because nobody knows if or when
they might need it.
Abigail, who is now 13, spent a
week in the National Burn Centre
and wore pressure garments to aid
her recovery for nearly a year.
Tracey will never forget how
painful, traumatic and disruptive
the exercise was for everyone.
You just have to keep going,
she says. Even though it feels like
things have all come to a grinding
Deputy trust chairman and Sub-
urban Newspapers general man-
ager David Penny thanks readers
for backing the campaign.
We publish 16 papers between
Papakura and Kaikohe and people
from every one of those mastheads
contributed in some way. Every
cent counted and there were
cheques ranging from $5 to
Some of the letters that came
with them were truly inspiring and
show how deeply Operation Heal
touched so many. I think all of our
readers can feel justifiably proud of
what they have achieved through
this campaign. It just shows what
a great and caring community we
are privileged to live in.
He's alive today
Wish I could give more
A worthy appeal
''I was about 10 when I
watched my dear father knock
a pot of boiling potatoes over
his legs. Now, at 91, I can
remember it as if it was
yesterday. I wish I could give
you more -- but I wish you luck
with your appeal.''
''The article about Abigail
brought back some memories.
Thirty-seven years ago my son
was similarly burnt when his
dressing gown caught fire. I
can identify with Tracey's
comments as to how
traumatic the whole
experience is for everyone
involved and am delighted to
support this worthy appeal.''
''Enclosed is a cheque for
$50. My son is 46 and was
badly burnt 45 years ago. He
wouldn't be alive today if it
wasn't for the burns unit.''
''Our hearts go out to what
you are trying to achieve and
we would like to contribute to
the best of our ability by
enclosing a cheque for $250
in support of the wonderful
work your trust is involved in.''
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