School turns 100

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

2015 – a year of com­mem­o­ra­tion for all New Zealan­ders with mem­o­ries of the An­zacs in 1915, while here in Toko­roa we also have an im­por­tant mile­stone to celebrate. This year marks the cen­ten­nial of East School – 100 years since the school was cre­ated. Re­union plan­ning is al­ready well un­der way and it is hoped the lo­cal com­mu­nity as well as for­mer pupils and staff mem­bers will sup­port the event on Septem­ber 12.

Plan­ning is go­ing ahead for the school it­self to host part of the cel­e­bra­tions and al­ready there is grow­ing in­ter­est from for­mer Toko­roa res­i­dents and pupils.

Pho­to­graphs will be dis­played at the event and some of the history of the school’s foun­da­tion will also be pre­sented, while cur­rently work is well un­der way to pre­pare for this im­por­tant event in our history. Reg­is­tra­tion forms can be picked up at Footes Furnishers.

C Win­ship, Toko­roa. prac­tised for 10 years now:

In Bel­gium eu­thana­sia is more of­ten granted to peo­ple suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­nesses like chronic de­pres­sion, etc. The law re­quires that a pa­tient’s free de­ci­sion has to be es­tab­lished be­fore med­i­cal doc­tors can give the lethal in­jec­tions.

My mother suf­fered from chronic de­pres­sion. In April 2012 she was eu­thanased at the hos­pi­tal. The doc­tor who gave her the in­jec­tion never con­tacted me or our fam­ily. I am still try­ing to un­der­stand how it is pos­si­ble for eu­thana­sia to be per­formed on phys­i­cally healthy peo­ple with­out even con­tact­ing their chil­dren. The per­cent­age of as­sisted deaths in Bel­gium with­out pa­tient’s re­quest was more than 31 per cent. The worst oc­curs in North­ern Bel­gium in Flan­ders, where 47 per cent of the peo­ple ‘‘put down’’ went un­re­ported.

Prof Benoit Beuselinck, a re­spected re­searcher and on­col­o­gist, de­scribed a sur­real re­al­i­sa­tion he’s had when a woman re­quested eu­thana­sia, but also wanted her dog put down with her. He re­alised end­ing her life would be un­con­tro­ver­sial, but that an­i­mal rights ac­tivists would prob­a­bly pre­vent him putting the dog down.

De­nis Shuker, Cam­bridge

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