Friends reunited after a seven-decade hiatus
After their lives had gone in different directions over decades, old school friends Avis Yvonne Molloy and Valerie Toombe were reunited at a tai-chi class in East Auckland late last year.
They’re happy they can catch up again while exercising in a friendly environment.
They attended Pasadena Intermediate School, Western Springs, in the 1940s, and hadn’t seen each since.
At a tai chi session organised by the Korean Positive Ageing Charitable Trust in Highland Park, Toombe recognised Molloy.
‘‘She has never changed. She still looks like what she looked like when she was at school. That’s how I recognised her,’’ Toombe says.
Molloy says ‘‘it all started’’ after Toombe came up to her and said who she was.
‘‘I haven’t seen her for years. It was nice to catch up with someone after so long,’’ Molloy says.
Trust service manager Yongrahn Park says the ladies’ reunion is ‘‘incredible’’.
‘‘I guess our tai chi class helps bring back their childhood memories. They’re happy to meet up now and see how healthy and gorgeous each other is.’’
The tai chi sessions are at Highland Park Community House on Mondays, 10.30am. People interested can text Yongrahn Park on 021 212 6889 or phone instructor Stacy on 09 576 3705.
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Avis Yvonne Molloy and Valerie Toombe at one of the tai chi classes.