North Haven Hos­pi­tal’s spe­cial An­zac visit

Rodney Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RENEE CLAY­TON

New Zealand and Bri­tish mil­i­tary vet­er­ans from the Hibis­cus Coast Com­mu­nity Re­turned Ser­vices’ As­so­ci­a­tion (RSA) spent the af­ter­noon with res­i­dents in the North Haven Hos­pi­tal’s Weiti Wing in the build up to An­zac Day.

On April 18, the RSA’s Kings Em­pire Vet­er­ans, Frank Town­ley, John Tay­lor, Max Chilman, Stan Job and Ron Hulse were in­vited to en­joy a roast lunch with 22 res­i­dents to ac­knowl­edge and re­mem­ber those who fought for New Zealand.

Their pres­i­dent, Town­ley said they were hon­oured to get in­vited.

‘‘When peo­ple see a ser­vice­man with medals it is a good re­minder and a good time to ed­u­cate gen­er­a­tions’’

Frank Town­ley

‘‘It was a good feel­ing to be able to walk up the cor­ri­dors and ex­change greet­ings and to be able to talk about what we re­mem­ber.’’

North Haven’s Jayne Mini­fie said they love to bring peo­ple in to visit the res­i­dents.

‘‘A lot of our res­i­dents can’t get out on An­zac Day. Today was a chance for all res­i­dents to gather and rem­i­nisce, they were all very ex­cited.‘‘

In the build up to An­zac Day, the Hibis­cus Coast Com­mu­nity RSA will be sell­ing pop­pies, and will host two ser­vices and pa­rades, at 6am and 11am on the day.

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