The next meeting is 5.00 pm on Monday 6th September 2021. Given the restrictions of the Covid Lockdown, we will be having another Zoom Meeting, our guest speaker will be Abbas Nazari. Abbas was due to have been speaking alongside Helen Clarke at the Word Festival in Christchurch last Saturday, but unfortunately, the festival was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.
On 26th August 2001, the Tampa, a Norwegian freighter took onboard hundreds of asylum seekers from Afghanistan when the boat they had boarded in Indonesia began to sink in the Indian Ocean. Abbas has now published a book about his childhood in Afghanistan and the circumstances which drove his parents to find a safer place for their family.
SERGEANTS SESSION – No sergeants session, given we had gathered on Zoom.
GUEST SPEAKER – Likewise, given another zoom situation, our guests, the Murray family, and Ted were introduced by Mandy who introduced the family who joined with the Club on Zoom, spoke of their story, living in Middle Road. Ted, or Teddy as he is known by Archie, the son, became a national event last year during the lockdown, as daily he dressed up in different outfits and was placed on the lawn to show off his gear to passing walkers and families. Shanel Murray advised that Ted’s first outfit got some attention, providing smiles to everyone walking past, some taking photos. Each day Ted’s adventures became more adventurous and his popularity grew. Archie shouted out to people as they walked by telling them about Ted’s latest adventure! Many of Ted’s adventures were photographed, and put online, recording his outfits and activities, and enhancing his growing national reputation.
Shanel has put a book together, which is available for purchase, including all the photos, describing by way of poems all the activities Ted got up to, including dressing for the ANZAC remembrance day Ted’s daily appearances provided a lot of joy for the family who was very generous with their time and efforts.
A vote of thanks was given by Ben Massey who indicated that, for him, hearing of the family’s experiences with Ted, brought back many of his own childhood family and his own teddy. Ben claimed the talk was brilliant showing Teddys are still well-loved in families and the Murray family had done wonderful things to create such memories during an isolated time for the community.
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|Vote of Thanks||Gerry Townsend||–||–|
Editors comment: I entirely agree with comments made by Ben after the talk was over – technology has changed everything in the world, but still Teddy Bears are well-loved and remain with us in our minds with fond memories and can be part of our motivation to share our care and commitment to the community.
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