Recently, we rounded out our Golden Connection Programme for the year with our annual Golden Christmas Meal. What a wonderful time to be had, with good company, songs and stories to be shared, and plenty of yummy food. With around 70 attendees and another 20 volunteers, the room was abuzz with conversations and laughter.

The day kicked off with an interactive retelling of the Christmas story, which had everyone calling out goofy sound effects at the right moments. There were Christmas carols after the main course of food, and even a couple of impromptu item songs sung by some of our Golden members.

Of course, the meal did not hold back either. Our wonderful kitchen team prepared a roast meal of chicken, ham and veggies, followed up by pavlova and Christmas pudding for dessert. It sure left everyone satisfied and very full!

A huge thank you goes to all of our volunteers who helped make the Golden Meal as good as it was. Hard work and plenty of organisation went into preparing everything, and it was thanks to everyone who volunteered that we could bless our Golden members in this way. This year certainly has been challenging for many of us, due in no small part to not being able to gather with friends and family for a large chunk of it. The Golden Meal was a great reminder that community and fellowship are so important, and we are excited to move into the next year with (hopefully!) many more chances to do things together as a Golden Programme.

Our Golden Connection Programme includes other activities such as walking groups, foot clinics, and various social days, as well as some helpful seminars from time to time. For bookings or more information, phone (03) 355 6522 extension 112 and leave a message. Or email golden@nht.org.nz.