Search to find past Plunket babies

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 06:59 05/12/2012

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Were you a Plunket baby 50, 60 or maybe even 70 years ago?

If so, then Plunket Marlborough wants to hear from you as staff search for the oldest Plunket book holder in Marlborough to be the guest of honour at their 100th anniversary afternoon tea on Sunday, December 16.

A Plunket office was opened in Blenheim just five years after the organisation began in 1907.

Branches have since been opened in almost every centre around New Zealand, with each one dedicated to helping families raise healthy, happy children.

Anyone who has an interest in, or has been a part of Plunket in Marlborough, is welcome to attend the afternoon tea at Drylands Restaurant from 2pm. Entry is $15 to cover the tea, with a cash bar, and entry for the guest of honour is free.

"We are really keen to see past staff, volunteers, parents and, of course, past Plunket babies who are all grown up now," said Plunket Marlborough volunteer Kerry Hamilton.

Both she and her husband Malcolm were Plunket babies and still have their books, which chart a child's development and are often kept as sentimental keepsakes.

She added that Plunket is moving into the digital age with more digital devices to help Plunket nurses to do their jobs better, but the books will remain. While nurses are at the core of the organisation, the large number of volunteers do invaluable work such as fundraising, running Plunket play groups and toy libraries.

"You meet great people and it is really rewarding work," added Kerry, who has been a volunteer for seven years.

If you think you may be one of the oldest Plunket book holders in Marlborough, call 03 578 5633.

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- The Marlborough Express

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