Patrol needs volunteers
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Chairman, Cambridge Community Patrol Steering Committee Pat Lambert.
Deigna Khamal will compete in Fiji.