Congratulations to Betty Thompson the recipient of the 2019 Nan Evans Award.
Betty has been volunteering at Arohaina Centre for 20 years and in that time she has become a important part of the centre, she is well loved and respected for the love and care she brings to the centre each week. She brings her home baking on the Tuesday she comes in, even if she is unable to make it she arrives with cakes to put in the freezer. Betty also helps prepare lunch meals each week. When Arohaina has special meals Betty supplies beautiful puddings, pavlovas. apple slice, chocolate gateau just to name a few.
Betty for all the 20 years was well supported by her late husband Dick and we wish to recognise him in this nomination. Dick and Betty would come every Thursday to collect our pig scraps and dispose of them for us. Come the summer months were they were also responsible for our trailer load of squash each year that we stored for Arohaina but we also distributed out in the community to our elderly living in there own homes.
It is a blessing to have had these two wonderful people be part of Arohaina Centre and we hope to have Betty as a part of us for many more years to come.
Thank you to Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz for presenting the award