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I am re­flect­ing on Peter and Dee Gor­don’s re­mark­able four year labour of love for Wanaka. Also on for­mer district res­i­dent Stina Mooy­man’s re­mark­able six-fig­ure do­na­tion to the Up­per Clutha Hos­pice Trust (Mooy­man, 93, now lives in Hen­der­son.)

The $9.3 mil­lion Aspir­ing En­liven Care Cen­tre is a district as­set for se­niors and the ter­mi­nally ill.

To quote a Longfel­low poem read by Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port Otago chief ex­ec­u­tive Gil­lian Brem­ner at Fri­day’s of­fi­cial open­ing:

‘‘Age is op­por­tu­nity no less than youth it­self, though in another dress, and as the evening twi­light fades away the sky is filled with stars, in­vis­i­ble by day.’’

That is what the bene­fac­tors and part­ners were aim­ing for - that the stars do get to shine.

Brem­ner said, and I agree: Ev­ery­one should be proud of what has been achieved at the Aspir­ing En­liven Care Cen­tre be­cause it is ab­so­lutely stun­ning.

Mar­jorie Cook

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