Colourful beanies connect residents with students

Residents from Bupa The Gardens Retirement Village welcomed children from Aorangi Primary School this week.

The residents have been knitting non-stop so they could supply all 94 students at Aorangi Primary School with a warm knitted beanie each for winter.

Twelve of the 94 students came with their Matua to sing Maori Waiata for the residents to thank them personally. The twelve students were also first to choose from the beanies and scarves that were knitted in a range of colours, styles, and pom poms. Residents and students then shared morning tea with baking home made by the residents.

Village Manager Jennie Arvidson says she’s so proud of her residents for their knitting and for giving back to the community.

“It’s been wonderful to see the residents using their knitting skills to help the community. I know these woollen hats will keep the school kids warm on those cold Rotorua mornings,” Jennie said.