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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, MARCH 6, 2013
hunt for funding
TWO LEARNER driving courses
that have their roots in Selwyn
are looking for funding to combine
and branch out to the rest of
Leading Learners and Teen Coach
have been funded by the Selwyn
District Council for young drivers.
They teach skills that drivers might
not learn on the road, and draw
parents -- in many cases the learners
teachers -- into the mix so they can
update their skills too and model
Leading Learners creator Carolyn
Bennison said a small number of
Teen Coach workshops and Leading
Learners courses have been funded
by local councils.
However, due to funding limita-
tions and the territorial boundary
restrictions of each council, these
programmes have not been able to be
experienced by a Canterbury-wide
The courses need extra funding to
help subsidise the sessions to keep
the cost down, so they would be
available to a wider range of drivers
throughout the province, without
having to rely on councils.
Leading Learners is a one-day,
hands-on practical driving course for
young learner drivers held at
Ruapuna racetrack and also Levels
racetrack in Timaru. It is taught by
driving instructors, road safety
professionals and the police, and the
learners need to be accompanied by a
parent or caregiver.
Teen Coach, facilitated by James
Morrison (a driving instructor), is
a 90-minute workshop for parents
Mr Morrison gives practical tips on
how to safely coach learner drivers,
enhance the teens knowledge of the
Road Code, and the opportunity to
meet other parents and caregivers
going through the same thing.
Mrs Bennison said no one can
totally prepare learners for every-
thing they will face as a driver,
especially when they are on their
own. Her course teaches things that
other programmes do not, in a safe
off-road environment -- such as driv-
ing on different road surfaces, stop-
ping distances, hazards, distraction
and peer pressure .
Mr Morrison said the people coa-
ching young drivers need to know
the importance of role modelling and
good road safety. The programmes
are endorsed by motor racing great
For more information, search for
''Teen Coach and Leading Learners''
on Facebook, or email: Carolyn at
phone/text 021 705 980.
Have a laugh and
Playground fundraiser: Kiwi comedienne
Penny Ashton will be performing in a
Springston School Fundraiser at the
Lincoln Events Centre.
THE SPRINGSTON School PTA is
hoping people will be up for a few
laughs and a night out to help raise
money for a new playground.
Comedienne Penny Ashton will be
performing her show Hot Pink
Poetry at the Lincoln Event Centre
on March 15 in a comedy night fund-
raiser for the school.
The school s roll is growing rapidly
-- even the school library had to be
used as a classroom last year -- and
four new classrooms have been
approved. More students means
more things needed for them to do at
break times and the old playground
is at capacity. The design and place-
ment of the new classrooms means
the playground must move from its
current position, so the PTA is taking
advantage of the opportunity to
extend and upgrade.
It is the first event on the fundra-
ising calendar this year for the
PTA, which has some serious projects
planned for 2013.
Ashton has been nominated four
times as best female comedienne in
New Zealand, twice for a Billy T
James Award and once for the
People s Choice Award at the
Adelaide Fringe Festival. She was
also on the bill at the recent Buskers
Festival in Christchurch.
The show is R18 and tickets -- $25
(supper included) -- can be purchased
at Springston School Office, Lincoln
Digital Print, or by calling Kim on
3295149 or harleytours@xtra.
WELLNESS DAY: CDHB Diabetes Centre Maori diabetes nurse specialist
Debbie Rawiri measures the waist of James Depass from Banks Peninsula.
Shearer health day
A ROLLESTON shearing firm s
staff have had a crash course in
looking after themselves.
Pullin Shearing hosted a health
education Shearing Wellness Day,
run by the Rural Canterbury PHO
as a way to create awareness of
the health issues most likely to
affect employees in their lifetime.
Around 70 people attended the
event, which included 30-minute
workshops on six topics: becoming
smokefree, diabetes prevention,
sexual health, diet and nutrition,
looking after your feet, and how to
care for your back.
In the lunch break, shearers
could have their blood glucose and
blood pressure checked, and
provide a urine sample to Sexual
Health Clinic health promoters to
send to the laboratory to check
for any sexually transmitted
Pullin Shearing managing
director, Barry Pullin, said many
shearers did not always pay atten-
tion to potential health risks
associated with the industry and
the lifestyle it brought.
We are in a physical environ-
ment. Shearers, shedhands and
pressers need to be aware of what
healthy wellness is and how to
Chief executive, Bill
Eschenbach, said the PHO had
been approached by other rural
firms to replicate the Wellness
Day, including four shearing
gangs in Hurunui, a fencing
contractor and a trucking firm.
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