Calendar creates stars

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 15:00 22/08/2013
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Violet Riley was chosen to select which photographs would be used in the resthome's 2014 calendar.

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Months of capturing the smiles, special moments and everyday lives of some of Invercargill's oldest residents has been turned into a calendar.

Peacehaven Village launched its 2014 calendar in style this month.

Staff, residents and their families dressed to the nines for the occasion, which has been months in the making.

Presbyterian Support director of services for older people Julia Russell said the event was the culmination of a great initiative and the help of the Southland Photographic Society.

The society's photographers, experienced and inexperienced, spent months taking photos of the lives of residents at the village. 

From celebrations to everyday tasks, they captured the special moments so many people overlook, she said.

For Len Payne it has taken 99 years to become a calendar boy but he will make the most of being Mr January.

''It's a first for me but it took a long time.''

The month he will also celebrate his 100th birthday.

The pictures for the calendar were chosen by three judges, including resident Violet Riley, 97.

She believed she was chosen because of her ''opinionated personality''.

With her family helping, they eliminated dozens of photos down to one for every month.

Peacehaven Village is taking orders for the next month before the calendar is printed.

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- The Southland Times

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