Thursday, November 29, 2007

We got a towbar - for FREE!

We got a new Kia Carnival (through salary sacrifice) in July. I recently enquired about getting a towbar on this car. I want to use a bike rack and eventually buy a box trailer (we need one when we go on holidays with 4 kids).

Anyway, the only place to get one was Kia as there was no aftermarket alternative. Or there wasn't until I queried Boronia Towbars.

These guys make aftermarket towbars but hadn't had a Kia Carnival in yet so they hadn't had the chance to use one as a template.

Enter - the Walkers. They needed to car for two days to work out how and where it would be attached and wired, as well as to make a jig from which to manufacture further towbars. For the inconvenience of not having our car for 2 days, we got the towbar for free. They'll obviously make up for that on future towbars they manufacture. Sweet!

Top view

Side view

End view

Thursday, November 22, 2007

22 days into Movember - 8 days to go

22 days into Movember and my own sponsorship amount is $40. Let's go people! Click on the Movember link to the right of screen and pledge some $$$ for Men's Health. You can also check out my Mo Log and see a picture of my mo. It's coming along nicely.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Yay, we haven't been to hospital all week!

Yay! The Friday following Lily's last visit to hospital saw Karen as a patient, due to a viral condition that felt (to Karen) much worse than it turned out to be. The downer was that one of the tests conducted turn Karen radioactive for 24 hours. We found out about this AFTER the test when the nurse said "You're not pregant of breastfeeding are you?" Derr! Shouldn't you have asked this BEFORE the test - especially of the answer to the pregnancy part of the question was YES! So, Karen could not nurse or feed Lily for 24 hours.

Well, we've overcome that and Lily is now gaining weight and growing in all dimensions. She is not yet sleeping through the night, but to her credit she is only 4 weeks old and we may asking a bit much.

Also, the mo' is coming along nicely.

If you feel like you'd like to donate, go here.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Movember

Having turned the blog Pink for October, I'm now growing a mo' for Movember.

During Movember (the month formerly known as November) I'll be growin a Mo. I've shaved off my goatee as you can see here. This will be interesting, because the kids have only ever seen me with facial hair! That's right I'm bringing the Mo back because I'm passionate about men's health and the fight against prostate cancer. Why...

Every year in Australia 18,700 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 2,900 die of the disease, making prostate cancer the second largest cause of male cancer deaths, after lung cancer.

The average life expectancy of a man in Australia is 5 years less than a woman (currently 78 compared to 83).

Men access health services 30-40% less than women, thereby denying themselves the chance for prevention and early detection of common diseases.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why we need to make the community aware of Men's heath issues.

To sponsor my Mo please go to http://www.movember.com/nz/donate, enter my registration number which is 109799 and your credit card details. All donations over $5 are tax deductible.

All donations are made directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand who will use the funds to create awareness, increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer, fund research and scholarship programs. (I'm doing this for NZ since I work for an NZ company and we have a company Mo team!)

For those that have supported Movember in previous years you can be very proud of the impact it has had.

Thanks for your support

Michael