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24 March 2001

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Our first gathering of the year was held on 24 March on a warm Autumn afternoon in the home of Edith Morris in Hamilton. Audrey Richardson, her husband Tom and polio friend Pam traveled from Tauranga to speak to the 17 polios and friends who attended from various parts of the Waikato and Hamilton. Laura Ladkin ably led the proceedings and refreshments were served by Annette.

Norma told us how using a walker has helped her to walk straighter and safer. Maurice excitedly reported how he is more adventuresome and less fatigued now he has a mobility scooter. Discussed again was the on-going problem of getting good service, shoes, braces from the orthotic provider, with no answer in sight.

Unfortunately several friends have had ill health, slight strokes, serious falls and were unable to attend this time. However they expressed interest in attending future events and the overall response is encouraging and positive.

Laura Ladkin with her planning committee, Jean and Edith

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