On Tuesday 7 September 2016 two students, Dayna
Ellison and Regan Jones, had the opportunity to meet Hamish Bond and Eric
Murray, the Olympic Gold Medal winning rowers, at a book launch and lunch
organised by Rotary Clubs in the Hutt Valley. The event was arranged to raise
funds for the Te Omanga Hospice but the Rotary clubs generously offered free
places to three Hutt Valley schools. The meeting was inspirational. A staff
member picking up the students wondered if they had known the other students
for years as a tight bond seemed to have been established between them. On the
way home in the car, the staff member found it difficult to shut them up.
"Mr., It was amazing! " "Mr., we got heaps of photos!" "Mum said we had to get a photo with them!" "Mr., the medal's so heavy!" " Mr., I touched the medal!", "They are so tall Mr.!" "Mr., they are really, really fit!" "They told as all about how they all got started in rowing" "We all stood up and clapped when they came in." “The book looks really cool!" "Look they even signed the books for us!"
Students were challenged to consider possibilities for their own futures and some reflection on that was done in the car on the way home from the event. Sincere thanks go to the Hutt Valley Rotary clubs for their tremendous work in the community and for the opportunity for students to attend this significant event.