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No limits for Charlotte
By GEORGE GARDNER
Good news: Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust chairman David Penny, front right, presents Charlotte
Cleverley-Bisman, 9, with $5000 towards her trip to Camp No Limits in the United States. Also pictured is past trust
chairman Sir Peter Leitch, left, and Charlotte's mum and dad Perry Bisman and Pam Cleverley.
Photo: GEORGE GARDNER
Go to aucklandcityharbournews.
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to see a video of Charlotte's
first steps at Camp No Limits.
QUADRUPLE amputee Charlotte
Cleverley-Bisman can t wait to go to
Camp No Limits in the United
And we re going to get her there.
The Mad Butcher and Suburban
Newspapers Community Trust,
proudly supported by the Auckland
City Harbour News, is donating
$5000 to help Charlotte and her
family make the journey.
The entire exercise, including a
few days in London where Charlotte
will have intensive physiotherapy to
prepare her for the experience, will
An amazing $8870 has been
donated through the givealittle
website and a further $5000 has
Now the trust is pitching in with
a further $5000 to help lighten the
Chairman and Suburban New-
spapers general manager David
Penny says Charlotte s story tou-
ched the hearts of a nation when
she contracted meningococcal dis-
ease at the age of 6 months.
This brave young girl is an inspi-
ration to everyone, he says.
She has a tough road ahead and
this camp will help give her a boost
along the way -- many people have
already been very generous helping
Charlotte and her family fundraise
for this trip and I hope our readers
and businesses across Auckland will
do the same.
Past chairman Sir Peter Leitch
says Charlotte s story made tru-
stees reassess their usual funding
Donating to an individual is not
something we would normally do,
But this is a one-off, a special
case with Charlotte. We put it to the
trustees and it was unanimous.
Charlotte, 9, has learnt to walk a
short distance on stubbies and has
had two operations this year to
straighten her up so she can try
walking more on her blades.
Camp No Limits provides edu-
cation, mentorship, and support to
children coping with limb loss and
and their families.
Charlotte attended in 2011 and
was inspired by motivational spea-
ker Cameron Clapp -- an American
athlete and triple amputee.
When I first went to camp,
Cameron taught me how to walk on
the blades, she says. I want to
he will be proud.
Charlotte s dad Perry Bisman
says the camp gives his daughter
When we went two years ago,
she decided for the very first time to
get up and walk, all because
Cameron had been putting in a lot
of one-on-one time with her.
Perry and Charlotte s mum Pam
Cleverley have been fundraising for
The Charlotte Lucy Trust has
been set up for their daughter s life-
long needs and extras, like the
United States trip, are generally
kept separate. Future expenses
include high-tech prosthetic legs
once Charlotte is fully grown. The
legs can cost US$100,000 each.
You can help get Charlotte to her
camp. Donations can be made via the
Mad Butcher and Suburban
Newspapers Community Trust
Westpac Account 03 0219 0391544
000. Please reference donations as
Journey to inner city rail reaches destination
The City Rail Link is to go ahead
with government backing.
Prime Minister John Key has
said the government had become
more comfortable with the notion
of the link.
Mayor Len Brown says the
development represents a major
step forward for the city.
I am delighted the government
has agreed to support this project,
The project would require cen-
tral government to put up half the
funding, which it has so far been
reluctant to commit to.
It rejected a business case on the
project in 2010 and last year asked
for a revised business case to be
put forward at a cost of $1.7m.
In April the Green Party laun-
ched a campaign for the rail link,
accusing the Government of stand-
ing in the way of Auckland s
The business case for the rail
link is overwhelming, party trans-
port spokeswoman Julie Anne
It will create jobs, increase pro-
ductivity and free up the motor-
ways. It is a much better spend
than the Government s proposed
The City Rail Link will allow
trains to pass through Britomart
without having to reverse out as
they have to now.
The route will pass through
three downtown stations -- Aotea,
Karangahape and Newton -- mak-
ing its way through Albert St,
across Karangahape Rd to upper
Symonds St and linking to the
Western and the Southern lines.
It would be built in two 3.5 kilo-
metre long twin tunnels up to 45
metres below the city.
Mr Brown says along with the
electrification of rail the link will
be the biggest advance in Auckland
transport since the Harbour
Building the CRL is my number
one priority as mayor. It will be a
vital piece of infrastructure for
Auckland s economy, and will
enable us to better meet the chal-
lenges of a growing city.
He says much of the preparatory
work is already underway includ-
ing protecting and preparing the
route, electrification of the rail net-
work and the purchase of new elec-
We now need to focus on work-
ing closely with the government to
agree the exact timing and to keep
the project moving forward at
Councillor Cameron Brewer says
the cost of the project now needs to
The Government probably
needs to lock down its contribution
in dollar terms, as the project costs
have reportedly gone up six fold in
the past eight years, he says.
We ve got to make sure the
costs don t keep running away for
the likes of taxpayers and
Go to aucklandcityharbournews.
co.nz to see a map of the link.
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