Well done part­ner

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THE MAD Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers are of­fi­cially he­roes.

The two groups are part­ners in a com­mu­nity trust that has won a Robin Hood Foun­da­tion So­cial Hero Award.

Recog­nised for en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity, trust chair­man Peter “The Mad Butcher” Leitch QSM, was taken aback by the award.

“Get­ting in­volved in th­ese sorts of things isn’t about awards, it’s about do­ing it be­cause it needs to be done,” he says.

“The trust has amaz­ing peo­ple that it calls on all the time for help and it shows that when ev­ery­one does a lit­tle, a lot can be achieved.”

He praised trust mem­ber Mike Mor­ton, who now owns the Mad Butcher busi­ness.

“He has come in and taken up the chal­lenge of the trust and I ad­mire that.”

Trust deputy chair­man David Penny is the gen­eral man­ager of Fair­fax Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Auck­land, which pub­lishes the Cen­tral Leader.

“When you pub­lish com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, surely you have an obli­ga­tion to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.

“Peter of­ten says the most pre­cious thing you can give some­one is your time, and he cer­tainly gives plenty of his to the trust.

“The en­ergy and drive he brings makes that time twice as valu­able.”

Koru Care owner and trust mem­ber Terry Baker was at the awards night at St Matthew-in-the-City church and wel­comed the hon­our as a fit­ting trib­ute to Mr Leitch’s drive in sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

The trust’s only aim is help­ing the com­mu­nity. It tries to do that by giv­ing a hand-up and not a hand­out.

Founded in 1998 the first ma­jor project was Op­er­a­tion Clear Ear in 1999 to ad­dress a glue ear cri­sis.

The con­di­tion sees a gummy sub­stance build­ing up in the ear, muf­fling hear- ing and means dif­fi­cul­ties learn­ing to speak, in the class­room and on the play­ground.

Wait­ing lists for surgery meant chil­dren had to wait up to a year for treat­ment.

Work­ing with the South Auck­land Health Foun­da­tion, two com­mu­nity clin­ics pro­vided surgery for all the chil­dren on the south Auck­land wait­ing list and now 120 chil­dren can hear again.

The trust has since been in­volved in other ini­tia­tives, no­tably spon­sor­ship of a burns unit for chil­dren at Kidz First hospi­tal, Camp Qual­ity and Can­Teen for young­sters fight­ing can­cer.

Other sup­port has gone to the Can­cer Foun­da­tion, Look Good Feel Bet­ter, youth sui­cide, the Menin­gi­tis Trust, the re­gion’s hos­pices, prostate can­cer and Plun­ket.

The trust has also raised funds for com­put­ers for Auck­land pri­mary schools and pro­vided thou­sands of dol­lars worth of books to lit­er­acy projects.

It has also bought med­i­cal equip­ment ur­gently needed across the re­gion.

Al­lergy New Zealand, Cure Kids and the Foun­da­tion for Al­co­hol and Drug Ed­u­ca­tion have been sup­ported. The hospice do­na­tions took the to­tal do­nated past $1 mil­lion.

All trust mem­bers are vol­un­teers and the trust en­sures that ev­ery cent raised goes to the cause be­ing sup­ported.

Mr Leitch says while it is nice to be recog­nised the true stars are the trust’s key spon­sors, Glen­garry Wines, Lion Brew­eries and the Ra­dio Net­work.

“It’s a bit em­bar­rass­ing when you get called a hero, but the real he­roes are the peo­ple who turn out to help us event af­ter event, or give us their prod­ucts, and es­pe­cially those who buy tick­ets.

“It’s sim­ple – with­out them, there would be no events.”

Part­ners in time: Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers creative di­rec­tor David Jones, left, Peter “The Mad Butcher” Leitch, and ed­i­tor-in-chief David Ke­meys.

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