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Mature driver courses popular
DEMAND IS high among North
Canterbury s older drivers for up-
skilling classes being run in the
Waimakariri and Hurunui districts
by Age Concern.
A course held in Rangiora last
week by facilitator, Yvonne Palmer,
was booked out well in advance, with
another planned for April 17, again
in Rangiora, nearing capacity.
Each session is based around a
workbook focussed on ensuring
senior drivers are safe on the road
and have a full understanding of the
new changes to the road code.
They also include presentations
from Age Concern and the Police,
which incorporate an overview of key
talking points and statistics.
One of the big things for our
mature drivers is understanding the
recent changes to the road rules,
especially when it comes to ped-
estrian crossings, speed zones
around schools and school buses, bus
lanes, intersections, cyclists, the
very real danger of fatigue for senior
drivers, and the new drug testing
that can pick up prescription
medications, Ms Palmer said.
We also highlight how much
longer older people need to spend in
hospital after a crash and the fact
that each fatal accident costs the
community $3.3 million.
Another initiative receiving
greater profile through the courses
is the so-called Life Tube -- a plastic
pot containing a form filled in with
a range of information, from
emergency contacts to power of
A lot of older people keep these
somewhere like in their fridge, which
is great, but we would like to see
them starting to pop a simplified
version into their glove box. All
we need in the car is the name and
number of their next of kin, and a
list of the meds they re taking,
Ms Palmer said.
We had an incident a few months
ago where an elderly lady had a
crash and we were able to find her
son and have him fly from Auckland
to Christchurch within four hours to
be at her bedside.
The programmes in Waimakariri
are funded between the district
council and the Primary Health
Organisation, while medical prac-
tices have weighed in behind the
courses in Hurunui.
The medical sector, from Cheviot
to Amberley, can see the advantage
of keeping older people out of the
A&E departments by building
greater awareness of the challenges
that come with age and driving,
Book a place on a course by calling
Age Concern on 03 366 0903.
Curly locks fall in family cause
TRUE LOVE: Daniel and Leanne McLachlan before Leanne's head shave. INSET:
Leanne McLachlan said she was given numerous scarves to wear while her hair
By CATE BROUGHTON
IT WAS a Friday night like no other.
Rather than relaxing at home
after the working week, Rangiora s
Leanne and Daniel McLachlan had
their heads shaved, as family and
friends cheered them on.
Leanne, 43, was driven to shave
her head after Daniel, 45, was re-
diagnosed with a form of blood
cancer called myeloma.
I decided to become a shavee
because I feel strongly for the cause.
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New
Zealand were so supportive to me
and the family in our time of need.
Friday, March 8, was chosen --
ironically, as eight is Leanne s lucky
number. The couple wanted to take
part in Shave Week (March 4 -- 10) to
raise funds to help Kiwis diagnosed
every day with blood cancers: leu-
kaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and
related blood conditions.
Daniel successfully fought off the
cancer over 2010 and 2011, but
received the devastating news he
had relapsed in mid-January. The
motorbike salesman has begun
debilitating weekly chemotherapy
treatments, which he will need to
continue for the rest of the year.
Despite this, he has continued to
work six days a week.
He gets quite tired, but he doesn t
want to let it interfere too much with
his life, Leanne said.
The shave event was a family
affair at the couple s home, with
Daniel shaving Leanne s head,
and daughter Hannah, 16, shaving
his head. Everyone got to cut off
one of Leanne s curly brown locks
before the shave began.
It was good. Apparently, I have
a nice-shaped head . . . no, it was
Though she didn t shed any tears
or think of backing out, her mother
cried after cutting her lock and
her daughter cried at the end.
People have been saying to me oh
you are so brave , but it s nothing
compared to what my husband and
other patients are going through and
have gone through.
Leanne has raised $2230, well
exceeding her original goal of $500.
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