Place of love and safety

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

The Waikato Times (April 11) had an in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle on the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s visit to Rain­bow Place, Hospice Waikato’s chil­dren’s arm.

It stated her in­ten­tion to take its care mod­els back to her moth­er­land.

The ar­ti­cle fur­ther stated that ‘‘the duchess is us­ing the tour to cham­pion a cause close to her heart – the chil­dren’s hospice move­ment . . .’’

The ar­ti­cle quoted Hospice Waikato’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Craig Ham­blyn, as say­ing that ‘‘. . . there was no gloss­ing over the vi­tal role the fa­cil­ity had to play in people’s lives. It’s all about work­ing with these kids so they can func­tion in life to the best of their abil­i­ties . . . Hospice isn’t about dy­ing. It’s about mak­ing the most of ev­ery mo­ment you have left . . .’’

The duchess and her fam­ily have been in­volved in chil­dren’s hospice even be­fore she mar­ried Prince Wil­liam.

The chil­dren in Rain­bow Place will feel the love and warmth of the re­la­tion­ships fos­tered there and be given the mes­sage that they are pre­cious and worth car­ing for. What pos­i­tive joy they will ex­pe­ri­ence. What a change that will be from the dread and fear chil­dren will feel if child euthanasia is le­galised and prac­tised.

John Fong in the En­vi­ron­ment Court. Of Ar­bor day plant­ings by school­child­ren, it is es­ti­mated that only 16 per cent have sur­vived. Then the seat near the Blue Springs where the soil has eroded some 20cm into this pris­tine river.

Parks and Re­serve have a budget of $1.82 mil­lion, in the last re­port it un­der­spent by $60 000 and at this in­stant has mil­lions for grabs.

Please do take ac­tion to aid to our com­mon well-be­ing.

A cared for en­vi­ron­ment will stim­u­late our all over well be­ing. Jack Groos

Toko­roa

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