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Sweet Surprise for Deployed Personnel

Whittaker’s donated just over 500 chocolate kiwis - which meant every operationally deployed NZDF member could have a little treat
Whittaker’s donated just over 500 chocolate kiwis - which meant every operationally deployed NZDF member could have a little treat.

June 2017
By Flight Lieutenant Erica Riddle

As is the case on deployment, you get a few months in and talk turns to what you are missing from home. A chance conversation in the back of a van on a local purchase run full of loggies turned to chocolate, and whether we could support our teams in the Middle East with Easter eggs. 

A polite but cheeky request was sent through to Whittaker’s Chocolate Company asking if they could help us out. They replied that if we could get the treats there, they would be happy to supply them. That seemed reasonable to us and the deal was sealed.

Whittaker’s donated just over 500 chocolate kiwis - which meant every operationally deployed NZDF member could have a little treat. We were chuffed!

Then came the question of to move 576 chocolate kiwis from New Zealand to many different locations and how they arrive intact. In stepped Lynne Smith and her skill and experience co-ordinating the RSA Christmas boxes.

Ms Smith met with Hannah Gray from Whittakers in Porirua for pick up and then made it happen! A combination of insulated boxes, placarding, expedited movement of freight on reception of aircraft and refrigerated container storage ensured every little kiwi turned up safe and sound.

Needless to say the reception of the treats on Easter Sunday was highly anticipated and enjoyed by all. Cheers to Whittakers and Ms Smith for bringing a little bit of home to us all.

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