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Wharekaka-newsWe have had a busy month at the rest home during June.  Lovely sounds of music have filtered through every corner of the facility.  A fabulous concert was enjoyed by everyone.  A special thank you to Vicki Jones, Dawn Proctor and our own Cherry Van Kranen for taking the time to come in and give us an enjoyable afternoon.

We were also fortunate to have a visit from the talented children of Pirinoa School.  They showed us their skills on the piano and Ukulele.

Our residents enjoyed the mid-winter Christmas lunch on the 21st June.  With the winter weather that day many of our Northern Hemisphere residents felt very much at home.  A big thank you to all the staff and residents that assisted with making our temporary dining room looks amazing.

You may have noticed (or heard the banging from hammers).  Our dining room extension is progressing well.  Residents are taking a keen eye on proceedings.  Wendy is busy making a collage of photos – before and after shoots.

If you know of anyone that would be interesting in being a volunteer at Wharekaka we would love to hear from you.  Can you play cards, scrabble, bridge or rummy?  Or maybe you would have a spare hour in the morning to read the morning paper.  Give Wendy a call 3069701 if you are interested.

Maybe you or your loved one is interested in attending our day care programme.  We have an exciting and varied programme Monday-Friday and can pick you up in our own Wharekaka van.  Please contact Wendy for more information.

The Wharekaka Auxiliary has recently undertaken some future planning about the nature of our organisation. We are very proud that Wharekaka is the only residents’ home in the Wairarapa to have such a body and we see our future roles as helping to grow community involvement in Wharekaka and of course, fund –raising.
We plan outings for the residents on a monthly basis – over the next 2 months we will organise a ‘Bring a treasure’ morning – Antiques Road Show on a minute scale and a trip to see the daffodils in bloom. Every Tuesday we make afternoon tea for the residents and stop in for a chat.

Many thanks to the people who help us do this and if you are interested in contributing to what we do, please contact Helen Meehan on 306 9074, Anne Parkinson on 306 8105.

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