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Dingwall’s 90th birthday reunion!



The Dingwall Trust will celebrate its 90th birthday in February, with a family event for the past and present Dingwall community and its partners and supporters.

The Trust, which is the legacy of David McNair Dingwall, opened its doors in Papatoetoe to children in need in February 1930 and has been caring for Auckland’s vulnerable children for the nine decades since.

CEO Claudine Young welcomes all past residents and staff and their families to come together on February 8, 2020 for a day of fun and reconnection. Historically themed food and entertainment will be provided for all and a photo exhibition covering all 90 years will also be on display.

“We encourage all former residents to come and share their memories,” says Claudine. “We want to recognise our past and bring together our community to recognise this important milestone.”

The photo exhibition will recognise Dingwall’s role in the social heritage of Papatoetoe and a heritage walk between Dingwall and St John’s Church will recreate the Sunday journey made by resident children in days gone by. Former residents will also get the opportunity to share their memories and stories.

Other entertainment will include the Little Bo Peep family farm, pony rides, bouncy castles and face painting. And in recognition of David Dingwall’s Scottish heritage, the celebration cake will be bag piped in to the event.