Home' The Wellingtonian : April 12th 2012 Contents 2 THE WELLINGTONIAN, APRIL 12, 2012
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Tawa athlete's gift to Oxfam
Working together: Hearing athlete Bridgette Strid, left, and deaf team-mate Janet Martin were excited to conquer the 100 kilometre Oxfam Trailwalk.
Photo: JEREMY BRIGHT
By MARY BAINES
A Tawa athlete has helped to raise
$2749 for Oxfam by guiding deaf team-
mates on a 100 kilometre walk.
The Maui Walkers was one of 246
teams in this month s 100km Oxfam
Trailwalk, which raised money for
Oxfam New Zealand s work overseas.
Tawa athlete Bridgette Strid was a
sign language interpreter for the three
profoundly deaf team members and
three hearing members of The Maui
The team s aim was to increase
awareness for Achilles Kids, an organis-
ation dedicated to helping children with
intellectual and physical disabilities
participate in mainstream athletics.
Miss Strid said The Maui Walkers
worked together to cross the finish line
in 27 hours 31 minutes, well under the
36 hours they were allowed.
Of the seven team members, three
were part of a support crew that fol-
lowed the walkers in a Maui cam-
pervan, providing medical care, food
and moral support.
We were lucky to have the support
crew as some people have to do this as
part of their everyday life, she said.
I m glad I did it, but no matter what
people say to you before you do it, you
can t be fully prepared.
Deaf team-mate Janet Martin of
Auckland said her biggest challenge
was communicating with others when
walking in the dark.
Ms Martin said Achilles had been a
wonderful supporter of helping disabled
people to achieve their goals.
I am profoundly deaf and I can do it.
I m really lucky to have Bridgette in my
team so that we can communicate eas-
ily, she said.
The Maui Walkers and Achilles NZ
Pure were the two teams walking to
raise awareness for Achilles.
Busy at the cathedral
Stitch a prayer: Tapestry embroiderer Ruth Mary
Beach with Love.
Photo: CARLA PENMAN
By CARLA PENMAN
A sequence of tapestry
projects at Molesworth
Street s Wellington
Cathedral of St Paul is
proving hugely popular,
with 100,000 contribu-
tors in four years.
dean Frank Nelson and
his wife Christine
brought the needlework
prayer tapestry idea to
Dean Nelson said
people often needed
something practical to
do with their hands
while they reflected
Many churches offer
the opportunity to light
candles, as we do, he
said. The tapestry
gives the option of
adding a few stitches to
something much bigger
than one person.
The tapestry themes
followed the order of
Faith, Hope and Love.
Love, the final tap-
estry, is 45cm x 45cm.
Dean Nelson said
that for some people far
from friends and fam-
ily, stopping and
putting in a stitch could
connect them to home.
church-goer Ruth Mary
Beach said the
a strong sense of
You feel yourself
close to the people
who have stitched
She said each tap-
estry took up to 18
months, and Love
was nearly finished.
Visitors did not
need to be good with
a needle and thread,
she said, but those
could be more cre-
choose to do, you will
be right, she said.
encouraged to stitch
within the labyrinth,
which was the single
initial feature of each
People can record
their name, national-
ity and thoughts in
the visitors book
after they finishing
thoughts show how
the tapestry project
has touched visitors.
Katie Rogers wrote:
What a lovely idea.
We will bring this
project back to our
church in Northern
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