Pa­trol needs vol­un­teers

Cambridge Edition - - CONVERSATIONS - HOLLY WARNER

The Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Pa­trol has been op­er­a­tional since Mon­day, May 15, and there is 26 vet­ted and trained vol­un­teers. How­ever the pa­trol could not have been es­tab­lished with­out the ex­cep­tional gen­eros­ity of the Cam­bridge busi­ness com­mu­nity.

C & R De­vel­op­ments has do­nated a 2012 Nis­san Navara twin cab util­ity for the Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Pa­trol to use. This do­na­tion in­cludes sup­ply of diesel and all run­ning costs and re­quire­ments for the ve­hi­cle. Chal­lenge Cam­bridge do­nated $500 to pa­trol ex­penses. Voda­fone Cam­bridge has do­nated a mo­bile phone hand­set and pre-credit to the value of $40. Pa­per Plus Cam­bridge do­nated a start-up pack of sta­tion­ary and have in­di­cated spon­sor­ship for fu­ture re­quire­ments.

New World Cam­bridge will cover costs of con­sum­ables and bat­ter­ies for the day to day run­ning of the pa­trol. The pa­trol is af­fil­i­ated to Com­mu­nity Pa­trols New Zealand and will op­er­ate un­der the board of trustees for the Cam­bridge Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Char­i­ta­ble Trust. From re­ports re­ceived al­ready the pa­trol is mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence with pre­ven­ta­tive sug­ges­tions to min­imise vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

It is ac­tively re­cruit­ing more vol­un­teers, please con­tact Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cer Holly Warner of the Cam­bridge Po­lice, holly.warner@po­lice.govt.nz or call 07 8275531. A Cam­bridge High School stu­dent has qual­i­fied for the 2017 Ocea­nia Track and Field Cham­pi­onships to be held in Fiji in June.

Deigna Khamal, 17, will be com­pet­ing in the 400m and 800m sprints.

‘‘It’s funny be­cause I haven’t been do­ing 800m for very long, I’ve done about four,’’ she said. But she had been com­pet­ing in 400m sprints since she was 10-years-old.

‘‘I’m so ex­cited, be­cause I get a New Zealand sin­glet and I have al­ways wanted one, to rep­re­sent the coun­try, and I earned one,’’ said Khamal. The cham­pi­onships run from June 28 - July 2. To pre­pare, she had been do­ing three track ses­sions, two gym train­ings, and a longer run - about 7 kilo­me­tres - a week.

‘‘I get a New Zealand sin­glet and I have al­ways wanted one.’’

Her cur­rent per­sonal best for 800m is two min­utes 13 sec­onds, and for 400m it’s 57 sec­onds, both of which she aims to beat at Ocea­nia.

‘‘I’m ex­pect­ing it to be pretty tough be­cause Aus­tralia will be there, and they’re send­ing 150 ath­letes,’’ she said. New Zealand is send­ing 48 ath­letes. Her goal for the up­com­ing sea­son was to win a na­tional ti­tle at the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools com­pe­ti­tion in De­cem­ber, as it was the last time she would com­pete for the high school. She heads to Waikato Univer­sity next year. She wanted to thank those that helped her fundraise for Ocea­nia, in­clud­ing the Cam­bridge Lions, the Per­ago Trust, and Cam­bridge busi­nesses for do­nat­ing items for her to raf­fle.

‘‘And my coach Criss Strange, and the body per­for­mance clinic for keep­ing me in­jury free,’’ she said.

Deigna Khamal

SUPPLIED

Chair­man, Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Pa­trol Steer­ing Committee Pat Lam­bert.

Deigna Khamal will com­pete in Fiji.

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