Ro­tary thanks its sup­port­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

The Ro­tary Club of Porirua Sun­down would like to thank our gen­er­ous com­mu­nity and North City Plaza for giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity again to wrap up your Christ­mas presents, which en­ables us to dis­trib­ute all funds do­nated into our com­mu­nity.

Funds raised this year will en­able us to ex­tend our Healthy He­roes pro­gramme into more Porirua schools.

We have loved this fundraiser over the past 10 years and are al­ways hum­bled by the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple to do­nate at a fi­nan­cially chal­leng­ing time of the year. The De­cem­ber 1976 Porirua Stream flood­ing caused may­hem around the re­gion, in­clud­ing wash­ing cars away and leav­ing fam­i­lies stranded.

Our Face­book read­ers have vivid mem­o­ries of that tor­rid time of tor­ren­tial rain.

Robert Mal­colm said he re­mem­bered cars be­ing washed down the Porirua stream from Ian Tay­lor’s yard and Ngaio Gorge, then pil­ing up at Kai­wharawhara.

Jo Ann MacDon­ald said her car was al­most washed away, too.

She re­called be­ing at Moore Wil­son in Kenepuru when the stream bank burst.

‘‘ As we were load­ing the car the stream burst its banks and started com­ing across the car park pretty quickly, she said.

‘‘Luck­ily we were able to leave be­fore get­ting swamped.’’

How­ever, it took them two hours to get back to their dairy in Wadestown.

Miles Lacey was 7 and re­mem­bered his mother be­ing stranded in Wellington.

‘‘ She didn’t get home un­til af­ter mid­night,’’ he said.

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