Tuakau couple share Christmas joy



Christmas time is described as the season of giving, and Ian and Judy Simpson of Tuakau are a great example of what festive joy is all about. The couple, who own Discovery River Cruises, wanted to give back to the children of the Franklin community, and offered a free river cruise on their luxurious boat.
Families had to complete a nomination form, explaining their situations of hardship or difficulties that they have faced throughout the year.
After receiving an overwhelming response, Ian and Judy couldn’t choose just a select few. Instead they bought all the children onboard and split the cruise into two.
“We have had such great support from the community over the past year, Ian and I both wanted to be able to give something back,” said Judy.
Held last Wednesday, the children and their families were welcomed aboard the luxurious Discovery 1, which was based just slightly North of the Tuakau Bridge. They were treated to delicious food, a performance from a magician, face painting and a relaxing cruise down the Waikato River.

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