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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, DECEMBER 6, 2012
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FESTIVE CHEER: The Telecom Tree.
will light up square
CHRISTMAS IS returning to the
central city this year with the Chri-
stmas on Latimer event.
Last year's Telecom Christmas
Tree proved such a success in Hagley
Park, it is getting Latimer Square all
to itself for three weeks.
The seven-storey tree, complete
with 375,000 fairy lights, will be up
and running on Saturday and will
remain lit until Christmas Eve.
To round out the event, there will
be a craft market and a phone box for
kids to ring Santa.
To top it off there will be a gigantic
advent calendar and live carolling.
On Christmas Eve there will be a
midnight mass courtesy of the Christ
The Square opens this Saturday
and will remain open until Christ-
Telecom is once again offering peo-
ple the chance to design and watch
their own lights display on the tree.
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to help bowl illness
NEW LIFE: Gemma Moffat can now exercise on her rowing machine after
a lung transplant. She is hopeful the people of Christchurch will support the
Cystic Fibrosis Association on Sunday.
By MAT KERMEEN
CRUSADER CRICKET: Crusaders
prop Wyatt Crocket in action during
last year's match.
THERE WILL be a light-hearted
feel to Sunday's annual
Crusaders charity cricket match
at Christchurch Boys High
School, but the reason for being
there is deadly serious.
This weekend is the 30th
anniversary of the Canterbury
Rugby Union's annual charity
cricket match that supports the
Cystic Fibrosis Association.
Event co-ordinator Caroline
Wagteveld-McKenzie of Cystic
Fibrosis said without the cricket
fundraiser they would not be
able to provide essential services
and support to sufferers of the
It's a great chance for famil-
ies to get out and meet the Cru-
saders up close, watch a fun
game of cricket and support a
The event is the association's
major fundraiser and sources
much needed funds, enabling
them to assist Cystic Fibrosis
Gemma Moffat, 28, knows
how crucial the work of the
association is and cannot thank
She has received a wealth of
support from the association,
especially after receiving a full
lung transplant in March 2011.
After being diagnosed with
Cystic Fibrosis as an infant,
Gemma's condition worsened to
the point where she was barely
capable of getting off the couch,
using a nebulizer daily and a
machine to help suck air out of
her struggling lungs. Her
muscles were starting to waste
away, and if she moved too much
her body began to turn blue, all
due to not receiving enough oxy-
gen. Eighteen months before her
transplant, Gemma's deteriorat-
ing condition forced her to give
up work and move back in with
Gemma's father, Miles, said
the family supported Gemma's
decision to go for the transplant.
It was getting to the stage
where something had to be done.
It was hard to watch her strug-
gle that much.''
After 10 months on a waiting
list, her big day arrived. She
received a call just after mid-
night, and by 4.30am she had
been flown to Auckland and was
almost ready to go under the
There are no guarantees -- it is
risky and the procedure can end
Thankfully the transplant
was a success and changed Gem-
When people see me they are
amazed, some can't even believe
that it's me.''
Gemma said she is so thank-
ful to everyone who enabled her
to live a more normal life --
especially the Cystic Fibrosis
Without the help and support
from the association I'm sure it
wouldn't have happened.''
gym and even works out herself
-- regularly using a rowing
machine at home. Both activities
would have been un-thinkable
before the transplant.
Miles and Gemma's mother
Cheryl each spent several weeks
in Auckland at their daughter's
side before and after the trans-
Gemma is hopeful the people
of Canterbury will recognise the
importance of Sunday's cricket
It can change lives.''
The day includes kid's activi-
ties, spot prizes, celebrity auto-
graph signings, and an auction
of celebrity sports memorabilia.
The game starts at 10.30am.
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