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Pulling power at park
By DENISE PIPER
Truck pull: People in the Park organiser Colin Twyman, right, is hoping for more help to pull Alistair McIntyre's eight-tonne
Photo: DENISE PIPER
MIGHTY muscle will come up
against solid steel in a unique event
A 100-metre truck pull will be one
of the more unusual activities at
People in the Park.
The big family fun day is at Ken-
sington Park and Stadium on Febru-
The event is a fundraiser for Proj-
ect Promise which is raising $3
million for an oncology unit in
The truck pull is run by Alistair
McIntyre, the man behind Doug the
Digger and Kamo Lions.
Alistair s eight-tonne truck Kerri-
Ann the Kenworth will be pulled by
groups of up to 20 people.
Teams will be weighed so the
lightest team to pull the truck the
fastest will be the winner.
Entry is $30 a team and the com-
petition is limited to 16 teams.
Mr McIntyre, affectionately
known as Mr Mac, says teams will
have two goes at pulling the truck 50
metres and will have time to work
out a strategy in-between.
Other activities organised by
Kamo Lions include a dunking
The young and young at heart will
also get a chance to have a go on
Doug the Digger for a gold coin
People in the Park has been
organised by a group of volunteers,
including members of Lions, Rotary
Other attractions include rally car
displays, bouncy castles, the launch
of Kiwi Park Golf and dance
demonstrations. The event will run
from 10am to 4pm on Sunday with
entry a donation to Project Promise.
Takeoff close for Angel Flight missions
By DENISE PIPER
Angel Flight New Zealand is about
to take off in Northland.
The charity aims to fly patients
from rural areas to hospital for non-
emergency appointments, dramati-
cally cutting the travel time.
The organisation is being set up
by Whangarei resident Lance Wel-
ler who was a volunteer pilot for
Angel Flight Australia.
The Australian charity has flown
more than 12,000 missions.
Mr Weller will be using his own
Cirrus SR20 aircraft for the flights.
Mr Weller has a number of volun-
teer Earth Angels who will drive the
patients from the airport to their
hospital appointments following an
article in the Whangarei Leader.
The same article ran in sister
papers North Harbour News,
Auckland City Harbour News,
North Shore Times and Central
Mr Weller says thanks to the pub-
licity from Suburban Newspapers,
12 Earth Angels have come forward
-- nine in the North Shore and three
in Whangarei. Three pilots have
The volunteer numbers are
enough to get started but more are
always needed, he says.
People go on holiday and cars
break down -- you can t have too
many back-up volunteers, he
Angel Flight NZ is now waiting to
organise its first patient.
Information has been sent to Pri-
mary Health Organisations so they
can consider referring their
Patients who use Angel Flight
must be referred by a health profes-
sional, be certified by a doctor that
they are well enough to fly and be in
Project Promise is
celebrating the milestone of
to reach the $3 million target
for a new cancer facility in
Project Promise has been
set up by the Northland
Community Foundation to
raise funds to build a new
oncology ward, reducing the
number of treatments and
consultations that can only
be done in Auckland.
Chairman Jack Broome
says the goal has always
been to raise $3m in three
The actual amount needed
to build the oncology facility
is still unknown but $3m in
three years was a good target
to start with, he says.
Project Promise was
launched in March 2010.
Mr Broome admits
donations have been harder
to get since the Pike River
Mine disaster and Canterbury
But he is proud of the
efforts by the Project Promise
volunteer team to raise
$900,000 so far.
Mr Broome is certain $3m
will be raised, it is just a
question of when that target
will be reached.
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