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Sumner's Enthusiastic Community Gardeners

Every Tuesday morning local residents meet at the Sumner Community Garden to plant, cultivate and harvest produce. A small group of enthusiastic gardeners meet at Ko Taku Reo (formerly van Asch School for the Deaf where they work on a number of different community gardens.

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Locals helping Locals … It's been a big year!

It's been a big year for the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation in so many ways. The Trustees wanted to raise the profile of the Foundation to increase the number of requests for funding and the number of donations, so they worked with local creative Stephen McCarthy to revamp the look of the brand.

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AED's now accessible 24/7 on the Sumner Esplanade

Auto external defibrillators – or AEDs – are found on many premises, but what happens when they are closed? Heart attacks happen at any time of the day. Sumner resident Dave Passmore, of Passmore First Aid, was concerned about the lack of AEDs accessible any time of the day along the Esplanade..

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Primary School Awards for Year 8 Students

The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation worked with Redcliffs School to introduce the Te Raekuru Puawai (flourish) Awards. Three Year 8 students received an award to be used for educational purposes: Luke Jansen, Lotta Bennett and Maddison Parker where the fortunate recipients.

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Redcliffs School - Learning to Read using MSL

It's an exciting day for Ryleigh, today she gets to take home one of Redcliffs School’s new reading books for the first time. As a first year student, Ryleigh is lucky to be learning to read using MSL – or multisensory structured language – which teaches a child to read using phonetics.

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Amelia Sykes - NZ U17 track-cycling champion

Amelia Sykes, from Sumner, is the fastest national track-cycling rider for her age. Recently, the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation presented the year 11 Avonside Girls’ High School pupil, with a grant to help purchase expensive cycle equipment necessary for her to compete at the highest level.

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