Free makeovers for a fresh start

Central Leader - - News -

Help­ing women to feel good about them­selves is a quest Marie Makgill will never tire of.

The life coach has joined forces with the Bal­moral branch of non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Pil­lars, which helps women who have just been re­leased from prison to rein­te­grate into so­ci­ety.

She is or­gan­is­ing a project to give the women free makeovers and is look­ing for peo­ple who can of­fer a free ser­vice such as a hair­cut, makeover or food and nu­tri­tion ad­vice.

Mrs Makgill says the makeovers will help women to look and feel their best when they are re­united with their fam­i­lies.

“I want th­ese women to be able to like them­selves for who they are,” she says.

“Be­cause if you look in the mir­ror and you like what you see, that’s a good start in a new di­rec­tion.”

Mrs Makgill is tak­ing part in a Land­mark lead­er­ship course and as part of the re­quire­ments she needs to or­gan­ise a project to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

She would love to hear from peo­ple who can of­fer a free ser­vice once or twice a year.

If you can help, email marie makgill@hot­ or phone 027-487-0433. A bud­get blowout for the St Pa­trick’s Square up­grade has come at a cost to St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously at its last meet­ing to an in­crease of up to $158,000 for the project bud­get.

The full cost in­crease of $600,000 was off­set by the de­ci­sion to re­move cathe­dral light­ing from the project, while lay­ing duct­ing to al­low for light­ing in the fu­ture.

Cathe­dral busi­ness man­ager Kevin Sher­lock says the loss of fund­ing is dis­ap­point­ing but he un­der­stands the bud­get con­straints the coun­cil is work­ing un­der.

“We are grate­ful that duct work for the light­ing will still be laid.”

Last month the coun­cil re­vealed costs for the $8.7 mil­lion project had in­creased by more than $800,000.

Since then $264,000 of sav­ings were found af­ter a re­duc­tion in price from the con­trac­tor and an over­all es­ti­mate re­duc­tion from the quan­tity sur­veyor.

Re­mov­ing light­ing from the bud­get also saved $450,000, leav­ing a

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