In­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KISSIC

Pu­taruru’s Rangiura Rest Home had a lot to cel­e­brate last week.

In ad­di­tion to re­cent Pu­taruru Bet­ter Busi­ness Awards suc­cess, Rangiura was recog­nised at the 6th Eden Al­ter­na­tive Ltd care con­fer­ence and awards.

Rangiura Rest Home Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Juli­ette Tuckey and chair­man Henry Van Dyk trav­elled more than 13,000 kilo­me­tres to at­tend the May awards in Grand Rapids, Michi­gan.

Nom­i­nated for three al­ter­na­tive care awards, the trust’s mem­ory sup­port home Fern Haven qual­i­fied for In­ter­na­tional Lead­er­ship and In­ter­na­tional Seedling/New Comer, with Mrs Tuckey el­i­gi­ble for best In­ter­na­tional Cham­pion.

Of the nom­i­na­tions, Rangiura’s Fern Haven made the In­ter- na­tional Seedling/ New­comer short list, as did Mrs Tuckey for the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pion.

‘‘The per­son who won the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pion award is cur­rently run­ning the en­tire op­er­a­tion for the UK and Ire­land.

‘‘I felt, from our point of view, in­cred­i­bly hon­oured to even be con­sid­ered.

‘‘There were peo­ple who had done amaz­ing things for de­men­tia throughout the States.

‘‘It shows you how sig­nif­i­cant they con­sid­ered our con­tri­bu­tions,’’ Mrs Tuckey said.

The Grand Im­pe­rial Ball­room of the Amway Grand Plaza Ho­tel hosted 650 par­tic­i­pants from 14 coun­tries for the three-day event.

Among pre­sen­ters were Mrs Tuckey and Mr Van Dyk who shared the story of how small­town Pu­taruru helped its re­tire- ment vil­lage re­alise $907,000 for Fern Haven.

Mr Van Dyk said guests were fas­ci­nated with how rest home staff, res­i­dents and the community got it ‘‘up and run­ning’’.

‘‘Just how a small coun­try town could raise such an amount in a short pe­riod . . . Fern Haven would not have hap­pened if it weren’t for our community and key peo­ple,’’ Mr Van Dyk said.

As a bonus Mrs Tuckey got to have lunch with geron­tol­o­gist Dr Wil­liam Thomas, founder of Eden Al­ter­na­tive Ltd and voted 10th most in­flu­en­tial Amer­i­can.

‘‘Bill’s phi­los­o­phy is ‘we are not just treat­ing peo­ple’s heart con­di­tions we are treat­ing their hearts’,’’ Mrs Tuckey ex­plained. – Libby Kis­sick is a Win­tec

jour­nal­ism stu­dent

HON­OURED: Pu­taruru’s Rangiura Rest Home was recog­nised ear­lier this year at the sixth Eden Al­ter­na­tive care con­fer­ence in Grand Rapids.

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