Monday, 24 January 2011

It was 40 years ago !

It was 40 years ago today I left on my first asignment for Red Cross. We spent some days in Singapore getting to know the Singapore Red Cross, led by Secretary General  Nancy Chong. This was where we had our logistics base for an IDP programme in Binh Dinh province.
The stamp in my passport shows at the top right corner, we arrived in Vietnam on 30 January, 1971.

The passport also shows a younger man. bright-eyed, off to see the world.

Here is the 1971 New Zealand Red Cross Refugee Welfare team. From left, Simon Evans, Bob McKerrow, Adrian Lattimore and Peter Barnes. Note the uniforms ! Should we bring them back ?

13 comments:

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
Congratulations. You cut a pretty dahing figure in those khakis. Here's to the next 40.
Cheers,
Robb

Bob McKerrow said...

Thanks Robb, Let's bring back the Khaki uniforms !

The next 40 will be interesting but a climb together in the Rushines is a must.

Kia Kaha.

Donald said...

Well done Bob. Quite a milestone to be very proud of.

Yes, khakis, but you'd need to go the whole way and have old Land Rovers too!

Cheers

Donald

Bob McKerrow said...

Thanks Donald. Khaki uniforms and old Landrovers. I will have you now I travelled with a Landrover to the flood affected areas up north last week.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
That would be delightful! I am sure Pete would be to join the group, and we could Donald and Jamie along as well. I'd like to be around that fire!
Saw your comment in The Listener - good stuff.
Cheer,
Robb

Bob McKerrow said...

Kia Ora Robb

It would be wonderful to get out with such a group. What a trip that would be. David Lomas, Listener editor, is currently working on an article about 40 years so it should be out in a few weeks.

Bob

Marja said...

Wow you already going back 40 years. Smart photo from when you were young and yes bring back these uniforms

Bob McKerrow said...

Thanks Marja. I am pleased you like the uniforms.

Anjana (Gudia) said...

Congratulations for very fruitful 40 years! All the best for your future endeavors. Joe and Anj

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