Te Motu ral­lies to help for­mer worker

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A rare dis­ease af­flict­ing a for­mer vine­yard man­ager has prompted wine­mak­ers to help.

James Forbes worked with Te Motu chief wine­maker and viti­cul­tur­ist John Dun­leavy in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Then Forbes and his fam­ily moved to France, where he took up a vine­yard man­ager job at Chas­sagne Mon­tra­chet in Bur­gundy.

Ear­lier this year, he was di­ag­nosed with a rare au­toim­mune dis­ease called Sclero­derma.

It is a fi­bro­sis dis­ease that at­tacks body tis­sue and or­gans, de­bil­i­tat­ing func­tion and is po­ten­tially life threat­en­ing.

He is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment which, if his con­di­tion con­tin­ues to im­prove, could make him strong enough to un­dergo T-cell re­place­ment ther­apy in Paris.

So Te Motu vine­yard man­ager Sam Dun­leavy, who is John’s son, de­cided to try and raise money to help pay for treat­ment and sup­port the fam­ily.

He has been hold­ing an on­line auc­tion of fine wines, do­nated by wine­mak­ers on Wai­heke and the main­land, which ends on Fri­day, July 21.

‘‘I have had some very gen­er­ous wine do­na­tions from the Wai­heke and New Zealand wine com­mu­nity with some very rare fine wines that you will not find else­where,’’ Dun­leavy said.

‘‘I’d like peo­ple to take a look and make a bid if any wines in­ter­est them.

‘‘There is also a cash do­na­tion op­tion, for those not in­ter­ested in the wine.’’ The site is www.32auc­tions.com/ james­forbeswineauc­tion and fea­tures wines that in­clude bot­tles and mag­nums from Gold­wa­ter, Kennedy Point, Mud­brick, Ob­sid­ian, Te Motu and Poderi Crisci on Wai­heke.

There is also a mag­num from Villa Maria founder Sir George Fis­tonich.

Forbes has been un­able to work since his di­ag­no­sis.

But, writ­ing from home, said he was in a good fight­ing spirit, con­fi­dent that he was go­ing to beat the dis­ease.

He said when the T-cells were re­moved from his bone mar­row, it would re­duce his im­mune sys­tem to zero.

‘‘Then they rein­ject the T-cells, let my im­mune sys­tem restart and, in the­ory, the new cells mul­ti­ply and re­place the dam­aged ones. There seems to be a rel­a­tively good suc­cess rate.’’

‘‘I have had some very gen­er­ous wine do­na­tions...with some very rare fine wines.’’ Sam­dun­leavy

Memo­rial Hall, from 8.30am to 1pm. Matariki clo­sure: Rawhanau O Kia Pir­i­tahi will cel­e­brate the first birth­day of the carved meet­ing house at Pir­i­tahi Marae. Pir­i­tahi about the process lead­ing to the open­ing of the carved wharenui from 11am, ko­rero and wa­iata from 12pm, hangi from 2pm. Meat and veg­etable do­na­tions wanted for hangi - phone Huhana Davis on 372 9093. Awaawaroa Bay Eco Vil­lage walk­ing tour: Tanya Batt will lead a tour of the vil­lage from 1pm to 4pm. Cost is $40, book at tanya@imag­ined-worlds.net. Art Auc­tion Ex­trav­a­ganza: Wai­heke Greens are hold­ing an art auc­tion fea­tur­ing Alan Knight at Morra Hall in Oneroa from 5pm to 9pm. En­try $15 at the door. Ze­rowaste Fash­ion Work­shop: Wai­heke fash­ion de­signer Jea­nine Clarkin will lead a free work­shop on cre­at­ing gar­ments with no waste at Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Art Gallery to­day and to­mor­row from 10am to 3pm. Reg­is­ter at (09) 372 9907 or info@wai­hekeart­gallery.org.nz.

SUN JULY 23

Friends of Mcken­zie Re­serve Plant­ing Day: Vol­un­teers are wanted to help plant trees at Mcken­zie Re­serve in En­clo­sure Bay from 9.30am to12pm. If pos­si­ble, bring spades, gloves, se­ca­teurs, sturdy shoes and a drink bot­tle. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact niki@nikischuckpr.com or 021 911 332. Mak­erspace Club: Chil­dren aged from five to 13 can get cre­ative at Wai­heke Li­brary from 10.30am to 12pm. Phone (09) 890 4911 for in­for­ma­tion. Ze­rowaste Fash­ion Work­shop: Wai­heke fash­ion de­signer Jea­nine Clarkin will lead a free work­shop on cre­at­ing gar­ments with no waste at Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Art Gallery. From 10am to 3pm. Reg­is­ter at (09)

Sam Dun­leavy stands next to a block of vines named af­ter James Forbes, by John Dun­leavy, be­fore the vine­yard man­ager left. DIANA WOR­THY/STUFF

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