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Oh the places you'll go and the people you'll meet

posted 13 Nov 2014, 01:43 by Sandra Kirby   [ updated 16 Nov 2014, 00:37 ]

I have frequently said that one of the unexpected things about being CEO of Arthritis New Zealand, and possibly any other large charity in NZ, is that there are events I am expected to attend that were never mentioned in the job description and/or interviews.  Tonight was one of these.  
I was asked to attend In Flagrante - a dance show that was developed, choreographed and produced by one of our Arthritis Ambassadors - Mary Jane o'Reilly (MJ).  MJ was a very successful dancer and set up several troupes that were legendary in their time - Limbs is one we paid to go and see many years ago.  

Anyway MJ was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis several years ago but only  
  in the last 3-4 has she been prepared to speak publicly about this.  Apparently we have given her great support in the speaking out and to repay us we had two tickets for tonights dance show in Wellington.  

The show is advertised as being "edgy but exquisite dance with a raunchy edge"  Certainly I didn't know g-strings came in so many varieties.

Was very well choreographed and I can see how the show has been a success at places like the Edinbugh Festival.

In my first three months the unexpected events were golf matches and funerals - this was a bit more adventurous.

Next week I get to spend time with James Lowe (from Maori All Blacks) and Police Minister Michael Woodhouse - both also arthritis ambassadors like MJ.  Expect they will be wearing more clothes than tonight's dancers.
Good old Dr Suess summed it up in his book - "Oh the places you'll go and the people you'll meet"