Yummy re­tire­ment for gen­er­ous lo­cal man

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

What started out as a quick peep in the real es­tate agent’s win­dow turned into a four-year stay for Alexan­dra Sal­va­tion Army’s min­istries co-or­di­na­tor Lau­rie Davies. Cel­e­brat­ing his re­tire­ment at a spe­cial morn­ing tea last week, Mr Davies re­called when he and wife Anne were ‘‘just pass­ing through’’ Alexan­dra on hol­i­day from their for­mer Auck­land base. They saw a cou­ple of houses up for sale, and be­fore they knew it, they had bought one of them. Mr Davies threw him­self into the community, and be­cause of his Chris­tian be­liefs, joined the Sal­va­tion Army, do­ing food bank man­age­ment and fol­low ups on al­co­hol and drug pro­grammes. ‘‘We just love it here. We should have been here 10 years ear­lier.’’ The Davies are set­ting off on a world trip, but plan to re­turn to spend their re­tire­ment in Alexan­dra.

Photo: MARY-JO TO­HILL

Well de­served:

Alexan­dra Sal­va­tion Army vol­un­teer Lau­rie Davies and wife

Anne at a morn­ing tea to cel­e­brate his

re­tire­ment.

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