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INVERCARGILL'S BIGGEST SPORTS BAR
• 9 Sports screens including TWO big ones
• TAB and TAB Pod
• 5 Pool tables
• 5 Snooker tables
• 24 Pokies
Workingmen's Club will
host an open day this Sunday
've ever thought of joining, or
have wondered what's inside,
feel free to come along.
The opportunity is available
to join on the day, paying
just a portion of the normal
sub for the remainder of the
ask what IWMC has to offer,
ght be better to ask what they
ecause the range of activities
nment is vast.
ities, or sports? Why not join
rious sections, including pool,
golf, indoor bowls,
angling, outdoor bowls, wine club,
tennis or the dart sections for just an extra
IWMC is the entertainment heart of
Invercargill, where your money goes further.
They have a live band every Saturday night,
and a Friday night once a month a band or
DJ to entertain. There are raffles daily (meat,
oysters, etc) and what better place to watch
the sporting events than in the warmth of the
Club on the big screen.
IWMC also has full TAB facilities, just in
case you like a flutter, racing days, racing
syndicates and rugby competitions, as well
as 24 pokie machines, making it the largest
gaming facility in Invercargill.
There are regular happy hours and hundreds
of dollars of cash and prizes given away
every week through membership draws,
wheel of fortune, and other promotions.
It's also great for families.
IWMC has a children's
Playstation 3 area, tots play area, and a
baby changing area.
They also have tertiary education
scholarships and grants for costs to
attend sport and cultural functions, locally,
nationally and internationally.
IWMC is fully accessible, disability friendly
and has its own welfare officer to look after
And, of course, they have full bar and dining
Try their famous Sunday lunch in the dining
room - Sunday traditional Roast only $10,
The open day includes a tour of the facilities
every hour, a chance to get a closer look at
the bright, modern premises, including the
upstairs convention centre which can seat
Sunday's open day runs from 10am to 4pm
and all are welcome.
Right of admission reserved. PS Happy
Hour is from 2pm to 4pm.
So if you'
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154 Esk Street, Invercargill - Phone 03 218 8693 - Check out our website www.iwmc.co.nz
Join this Sunday for only $40
September 23, 10am to 4pm
8 Kelvin Street Invercargill
Ph 03 218 3854
Kim welcomes all
21 Clyde St, Invercargill. Ph 218-8169
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Eye disease has fast onset
Kiwi experience: Dr Dianne Sharp, at Rowena Jackson Retirement
Village in Invercargill, uses the New Zealand-made film Hook, Line and
Sinker as an example of living with macular degeneration.
Photo: GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Macular degeneration is a
progressive eye disease that
is the major cause of severe
visual impairment in people
Untreated, it slowly
destroys the central portion
of the retina.
About 170,000 New
Zealanders have early MD
and 33,400 have late stage
MD with more than 7000
Worldwide prevalence of
MD is expected to increase
by 70 per cent by 2030.
Risk factors include
smoking and having a family
history of MD, which is why it
was important to have
children and grandchildren
Eye doctor tells Southlanders not to take
chances with their eyes, reports Gordon Kilkerr
Smokers with the genetic
marker for progressive eye
disease --- macular degener-
ation --- are up to 34 times
more likely to develop the
condition than a non-smoker
with normal genes.
That's according to Doctor
Dianne Sharp, who was raised
in Invercargill, attended
Southland Girls' High School
and later studied at Otago
University, and recently
spoke to about 100 people who
attended an information even-
ing in the city.
Dr Sharp emphasised the
importance of regular eye
checks as people got older,
particularly if there was a
family history of macular
degeneration, which is the
most common cause of blind-
ness in the elderly.
It results in a loss of vision in
the centre of the visual field ---
the macula --- because of
damage to the retina.
She also said that one in every
seven New Zealanders over
the age of 50 has some form of
MD and one in four people
over 80 have vision loss
because of the disease.
Non-smokers with the gene
had 12 times the chance of
developing the condition as
people without the marker, so
it was important to look for
the condition in its early
stages, she said. Symptoms to
look for can include distor-
tion, where straight lines look
wavy or bent, difficulty in
reading or in activity requir-
ing fine vision, trouble with
distinguishing faces or the
appearance of dark or empty
spaces in your field of vision,
She said it was vital to contact
your optician immediately if
any of those symptoms devel-
oped as macular degeneration
could develop extremely
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