Friends re­u­nited af­ter a seven-decade hia­tus

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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.

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