Dr Carson inspires New Zealand communities

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Christchurch, New Zealand

More than 2500 people filled Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City on July 1 for an evening with Dr Ben Carson.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the work of Duffy Books in Homes—a charity organisation seeking to break the cycle of “booklessness” in New Zealand.

The theme for the event was “Faith, Hope, Love . . . and Common Sense”, with the world-renowned neurosurgeon discussing the impact these virtues have made on his life.

The evening also featured a Q&A session with Dr Carson and his wife, Candy. Attendees were given the opportunity to submit questions to the Carsons via a texting service provided throughout the night.

New Zealand television presenter Petra Bagust served as host for the evening. There was also a performance by local Christian artist Julia Grace.

The event was organised by the North New Zealand Conference (NNZC). Major sponsors for the evening included Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing, Mainfreight and the New Zealand Christian Foundation.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the work of Duffy Books in Homes—a charity organisation seeking to break the cycle of “booklessness” in New Zealand.

The organisation currently provides books to more than 500 schools across New Zealand, as well as 220 children’s centres.

Dr Carson developed a relationship with Duffy Books in Homes during his first visit to New Zealand in 2012.

The partnership is a fitting one. Having been brought up in extreme poverty is his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, Dr Carson knows firsthand the life-changing effect of reading books from a young age.

“[My mother] noticed that the wealthy people she worked for spent a lot of time reading and owned lots of books,” Dr Carson told The New Zealand Herald. “She made us turn off the television and we had to turn in two book reports to her each week.

“I discovered that a whole new world could open up to me.”

In Auckland on July 4, Duffy Books in Homes hosted “Another Evening with Dr Ben Carson” as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. The event included dinner with the best-selling author as well as a charity auction.

A similar event was also held in Christchurch, with hundreds of people gathering at CBS Arena to hear Dr Carson’s story of “bad student to brain surgeon”.
 

Dr Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, with Christchurch Adventist School staff and students. [Photo courtesy: Tracey Ling]

Among the attendees were Christchurch Adventist School’s (CAS) Year 4-13 students, some of whom had the opportunity to meet the world-renowned Adventist neurosurgeon. 

“The students and staff were thoroughly inspired by Dr Carson’s presentation,” said CAS principal Danny Carrasco. “We praise God for the fantastic experience.”

To find out more about Dr Carson’s new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Futureclick here.