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Kindness to be theme
By ABBIE NAPIER
HELPING HAND: Super heroes
Spiderman and Flash help Student
Volunteer Army president Bridget
Williams cross the road.
THE STUDENT Volunteer Army
is shrouded in mystery as a week
for University of Canterbury
students is plotted out behind clo-
sed doors and under Cones of
Beginning August 12, the SVA
will launch a week celebrating
Random Acts of Kindness.
While the army is known for its
support of regular citizens, this
time festivities will be aimed at
SVA president Bridget Williams
said it wanted to remind students
it was not all about helping out-
side the university.
At the end of the day, we are
here for students. We are always
helping out the community and we
feel we've been neglecting our
students a bit, so this week will be
all about changing that.''
The army chose Random Acts of
Kindness as the theme for the
week. The SVA is usually thought
of as a helping hand in tough
times. Usually spotted in a large
disaster, crazy weather, or think-
big volunteer schemes, this time it
is focused on the little things.
Kindness and helping others
can be small,'' Ms Williams said.
In a nutshell we want students to
realise how good it feels to do
good, without having to commit
huge amounts of time.''
The week would promote small
acts like helping someone carry
groceries, feeding a neighbour's
cat or even offering a compliment
to a stranger. The core theme is
around everyday heroes making
However, this is still a student
event and will be more than bor-
ing old stickers and lectures on
good behaviour. The SVA is plan-
ning a week of fun for students,
but the details are top secret.
Each day will have a different
kindness theme and each day will
be packed full of surprises for
students on campus.
The army is teaming up with
other student clubs to put on a
Hints include baked goods, ran-
dom theatre and the promotion of
everyday super heroes.
Information posters will start
popping up around campus from
August 6. Students are advised to
attend lectures that week -- you
may be missing more than you
Charged with murder
Colin Albert Hoani, 59, has been
charged with murdering and
assaulting Spreydon's Valmai
Jean McFie. Hoani was a
neighbour of McFie at a council
housing complex in Macgibbon
Place. McFie was found by a
resident about 6.30pm on
Saturday. Hoani was remanded in
custody until August 9. He did not
enter a plea. Police opposed bail
and no application was made.
Carter bows out
Councillor Tim Carter has
indicated he may not stand for re-
election to council this year. The
high-profile councillor is expecting
his first child in October and said
he planned to be a hands-on dad.
Mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel
was keen for him to run again,
having credited him with
convincing her to stand for Mayor.
Deputy mayor Ngaire Button is still
considering running against
Heritage building owners are being
asked to open their doors for a
one-off city-wide heritage event.
Heritage will be a three-day event
in October and will offer the wider
community a chance to reconnect
with what remains of the city's
heritage buildings. The
participating sites will be open for
public visits and hosted walks.
Site owners will manage their own
opening, overseen by the council.
To sign up or find out more, call
Clare Steel on 941 8789, by
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