To Graham and Raewyn thankyou for providing the venue today and during the year we are grateful for all your help.
Just a footnote here before I close I feel there is a strong need to update or replenish our usual notice in the hospitals doctors surgery’s physios etc.
It is with pleasure that I on your behalf present Mr Neill Rogers with the achievement cup for his work in the community. Neill attend Limb Fitters Clinics at Hastings Hospital and has done so for many years while at Napier Hospital.
President Colin Blakesley.
Here is a little piece of History taken from the first National publication “Conquest” January 1965.
The NZCAA (New Zealand Civilian Amputees Association] and its six affiliated associations has done a great deal during more than 20 years to obtain social security benefits and an improvement in condition and facilities – free artificial limbs and the repairs thereto, a free issue of stump socks, allowances for travel and other expenses incurred in attending a limb centre to mention but a few.
In addition to ensuring that such requirements are met there will of course always be the need for an association of amputees to ensure that the psychological needs of a person who has recently lost a limb are never lost sight of – not only by contact with the individual but, and just [as] important, by ensuring that society as a whole is so informed that an amputee is accepted just the same as any other person – no one can claim to be perfect.
To conclude, pause to consider what YOUR Association has done for you and ask yourself if you have given it the active support it deserves. If not, it is never Too late …