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Thursday April 07, 2016

Taste of Thailand this weekend

Couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary By Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellington’s Waterfront will come alive this weekend with the tastes and sounds of Thailand. The Thai Festival, a free two-day event, is being held to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and New Zealand, at Odlin’s Plaza on Taranaki Wharf this Saturday and Sunday. On offer at the festival will be a range of food stalls providing delicious delicacies, such as ‘crispy gems in coconut milk’ and coconut dumplings. There will also be live performances on both days of the festival, including selected scenes from the prestigious Khon, a classical Thai masked dancedrama. Visitors would also be able to experience the Dance of the Four Regions, drumming, singing and more with performers from the local Thai community in

Wellington as well as from Thailand. Event manager, Jocelyn Smith, said the festival would give a unique insight into Thai culture. “Our relationship with Thailand and the importance of this festival is clearly evidenced by the more than 35 professional dancers and musicians being brought to New Zealand by the Thai Ministry of Culture,” she said. There will also be plenty on offer for the children this weekend – from riding on a tuk-tuk, to writing their name in Thai characters and watching beautiful Thai handcrafts be created. The Thai Festival starts from midday and goes until after sunset on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. For more information, head to www.eventfinda. wellington

Local woman travels to Thailand An Island Bay woman was among those to help build three Habitat for Humanity Houses for families in Thailand, earlier this year. Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with people of goodwill and families in housing need, to eliminate sub-standard housing. Angie Deacon, from Island Bay, alongside her colleague Jess Tombs, joined other Cigna employees from around the globe to build homes for three families in need in Thailand earlier this year. Angie and Jess were chosen to take part in the initiative because of the work they do in the local community outside of their day jobs.

Angie volunteers at Wellington City Council events, has helped out at the Maori Art festival, and carries out litter pick-ups and tree planting with her local conservation group. Angie said it was an “emotional” experience, as the work they completed changed the lives of the families involved. “It was very emotional when the keys were handed over to the families at the end of the building work,” said Angie. “The family who will live in the house that I helped to build had a little baby. “Knowing that the baby would grow up in this house, come home from school and do homework there, maybe fall in love in this house was pretty amazing.”

Miramar residents Clifford and Pamela Coate will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with a lunch with family and close friends and a telegram from the Queen. The pair were married 60 years ago today, at St Peter and Paul’s Church in Lower Hutt after meeting at a local dance in Wellington. Their three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will all join in celebrating their milestone anniversary over the weekend. These days, Cliff remains an avid supporter of the Oriental Rongotai Rugby Club, of which he is a life member. Pam is a keen gardener and enjoys making home-made cards and reading. The couple’s eldest son, Jeff, said his parents had served the community over their years, doing meals on wheels and odd jobs for the elderly. “It’s quite a milestone, it’s going to be a lovely occasion. We send them our best wishes, both now and forever.”

Clifford and Pamela Coate on their wedding day

Generous donation for Ronald McDonald House

The Lions Club of Wellington has made a generous donation to Ronald McDonald House.

Angie Deacon and Jess Tombs with the Habitat for Humanity team who helped build homes for three families in Thailand.

The Lions Club of Wellington has made a generous donation of $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Wellington. The money will be used to sponsor a bedroom at the Ronald McDonald House in Newtown. Lions clubs from across the country have worked hard to purchase bedrooms at the Wellington House, with almost every bedroom on the second floor, aptly called “The Lions Den”, sponsored by Lions Clubs. Lions P resident, Stephen

Crombie, said the proceeds from sponsoring a room enable Ronald McDonald House Charities Wellington to continue assisting New Zealand’s families on their medical journeys, enabling them to stay together and strong. “Wellington Host Lions Club was delighted to be able to continue its contribution to Ronald McDonald House which will enable it to open another family room. “This contribution builds on the efforts of Lions Clubs over

many years to support Ronald McDonald House to provide services to families in need in difficult times.” Manager for the Ronald McDonald House Wellington Charities, Nikki Thompson, thanked the Lions club for their generous donation. “I am deeply humbled to have such amazing friends and supporters at the Lions Club who tirelessly contribute to our organisation’s mission to keep Kiwi families together and strong.”

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