Supporting our local community events is important to me and this time of year is a reminder not only of how much there is to do in the Waimakariri but also of the commitment of our volunteers who make these events such a success.
The Rangiora Rotary Club annual book fair was another huge success this year. I was impressed by the large crowds and the effort put in by volunteers in organising the substantial amount of donated books. Congratulations to the Rangiora Rotary Club for raising a large amount of money for investing back into our community.
Another successful event I attended recently that involved many hours of commitment from volunteers was the Soroptimist International 24th annual market day on Tuesday at the Rangiora Showgrounds. This year the donation went to Wellbeing North Canterbury and, with my background in mental health, I was thrilled to attend and support this event.
Last week, I joined our residents in laying a wreath at the 100th commemoration of Passchendaele at the Kaiapoi Cenotaph. It’s always gratifying to see our young people getting involved in keeping alive the memory of the sacrifices that were made by soldiers from our region.
I also joined the Kaiapoi community in showing our appreciation for the contribution of volunteer veteran fire fighter Paul Delis, who retires from the Kaiapoi Voluntary Fire Brigade after a staggering 27 years of service. I enjoyed presenting Paul with a token of our community’s gratitude for his dedication and his family’s and friends’ commitment in supporting him. Paul attended 3804 emergency calls during his years of service.
A big thank you to everyone who expressed their sympathy in some lovely messages following the passing of my wife, Viki's, father recently. While his death was not unexpected after a long battle with cancer, it has been a difficult time and your support has been very much appreciated.