Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sometimes We Actually Do Good

A couple of weeks age 20/20 ran a story about a wee girl named Grace who couldn't or wouldn't eat. It was a heartbreaking tale of a family doing the best they could with what they have. In the story we spoke to another couple whose daughter had the same problem and had travelled to Austria where a University ran a clinic that helped with great success.
Pip and Gareth the parents of wee Grace did not have the money needed to travel to the Austrian clinic but, after the airing of our show a couple came forward and said theyed like to help.
A trust has been set up and Grace may yet get the help her parents so desperatly want to give their little girl.
Often in the media it feels like we're tearing things down it's nice to help every now and then, I'm also constantly amazed at how mean people can be, yet equally amazed at how kind and generous they can be.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Badwater Beaten



Lisa Tamati has once again run through hell and back. Lisa was the 8th female to cross the finish line in a staggering 37hrs and 14mins.
Its worth clicking across to her blog and having a read about how her race went.http://www.lisatamati.co.nz/home/runner

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back To Badwater

This time last year reporter Sonya Wilson, cameraman Chris Brown and myself as producer headed to Death Valley USA, our mission was to film a story about a remarkable woman from Taranaki New Zealand. Lisa Tamiti's mission was to run 217km through possibly the hottest place on the planet.

What Lisa achieved on that trip was one of the most amazing sporting feats I've ever seen, and I've covered allot of sporting events. In just hours Lisa sets off again in what is the toughest foot race on the planet, and I thought I would post a link to the story we shot last year, give it a watch it's called The Amazing Race for good reason.

Good luck Lisa

http://tvnz.co.nz/20-20/2020-amazing-race-video-2024591

This weeks 20/20 Promo

Nil by Mouth:

Kiwi kids who refuse to eat – refuse to drink!

Grace is just five years old, but she has never eaten – never drunk. A gastric tube is the only thing that keeps her alive. Nothing has passed her lips since the day she was born. It is a horrible condition that is literally consuming her life. No one knows for certain how many kiwi kids are affected by this weird phenomenon. It could be hundreds! It could be thousands! It is a parent’s worst nightmare and the cure is almost as cruel as the condition.
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