WEAR A HELMET WHY EVERYONE SHOULD Hi, some of you may already know who I am, but for those that don’t I am Aperila Ioelu. Today I’m here to convince you that everyone should wear a helmet on skateboards, scooters and bikes. Firstly, the helmets are hard so it will protect your head. Secondly, some of you may know the saying “cats have nine lives”, well humans only have one. So once you fall without your helmet it’s done and there’s no going back unless you have a time machine! My last reason is that if my friend Paula was not wearing a helmet in the accident she was in, she would have died. Thank you for listening. I hope I convinced you that everyone should wear a helmet. PHOTO? A contribution from one of our youngest injury prevention champions! Aperila Ioelu Paula has signed off from her role as Health Promotion Facilitator at Starship Community Service in January this year. She had served in this role for many years and has always been a great champion and support for Safekids’ activities. Safekids thanks you Paula, for all your hard work promoting child safety. You are very special in our hearts and we will miss you. FAREWELL PAULA NEPIA WELL-DESERVED RECOGNITION Simone Budel wins New Zealand Local Hero Award. Congratulations, Simone Budel for winning a 2017 New Zealand Local Hero Award for your contribution to New Zealand communities. You have done amazing work helping to keep New Zealand safe. The award recognises the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place. We can’t think of anyone who deserves this recognition more than you. safekids news | April 2018 ISSUE No 79 3 Simone Budel and Melissa Wilson at the Awards ceremony.