The annual Bannockburn REAP (Rural Education Activities Programme) Day is scheduled for next week and offers an enticing programme of speakers and activities for the local community.

The guest speaker this year is Jan Hudson, who will be sharing her story – her background in community development, projects with Otago Polytechnic and Silver Fern Farms, and her recent trip to the Sub-Antarctic as volunteer crew for a Department of Conservation close encounter with whales.

She is also a hospice biographer for our region.

Jenny Hill, of Locharburn Vineyard and Wines, shares her journey with art that began in 2003, when she undertook study at the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki, to explore colour therapy, textile techniques, painting, drawing, photography and design.

Three further speakers will share their pointers on how to get the best from local experts. 

REAP Jackie Hamilton
Jackie Hamilton. Photo Jan Hawkins

Jackie Hamilton, in ‘A Day in the Life of a Community Pharmacist’ will give tips on maximising the benefits of your medications. 

Andy Dougherty, whose business name is ‘Calm Computing’ will keep you calm and help you avoid becoming a victim of scams. 

Emma McLean, of Central Otago Digital Service Libraries will talk about the many resources and services that are available free as part of your library membership.

These include the free ‘Stepping Up’ workshops that help people improve their skills and confidence in the digital world.

A very tasty addition to the day is ‘Cooking with the Kitchen Garden’. Gabrielle Lind will demonstrate how to make a basic curry paste that can be used in vegetable or meat curries.

As a bonus, you will get to have a taste when she serves it for lunch.

Bernie Lepper, Manager of Central Otago Reap, says, “Central Otago REAP is excited to return to Bannockburn for our annual REAP Day.  This is a community day out, to meet new people and to enjoy learning from a variety of speakers.”

Central Otago REAP was established in 1979 and is one of 13 REAPs in New Zealand. It is a non-profit organisation contracted by the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Commission and Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children, to meet a variety of performance outcomes. All are welcome to the Bannockburn REAP Day, but please book on or phone 0800 267 327.

Time: 9am to 3pm on Wednesday 25 August 2021

Place: Bannockburn Bowling Club

Light lunch provided. $20 per person

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