Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lucky Christchurch mothers swept off their feet by rugby hero

This year's Mother's Day has been far from ordinary for one group of Christchurch mums who were swept off their feet by their rugby hero in a DC3.

Fifty-six excited mums took-off with rugby pin-up Richie McCaw this morning, in a surprise trip organised by their families in recognition of the special role they play as mothers.

Families had kept the trip secret and it was only when mums were greeted with a boarding pass, flowers, and a goody bag that the truth came out.

The rough weather did nothing to dampen their spirits and rugby-mad great-grandmother Anne McNair couldn't wait to get back and tell her children all about it.
"I was lucky enough to sit beside Richie," she says. "My kids won't believe it,"

Southern DC3 Charitable Trust Patron Richie McCaw is also an experienced pilot and has flown the plane many times.

It was built in 1944 by women to fight the Japanese, and McCaw says he has great respect for the aircraft and his mum.

"Versatile and reliable is what they call this machine, so I'd put my mum in exactly the same category," McCaw says.

McCaw made sure she was on one of the two flights, along with his grandmother Ivy McLay who was deeply touched by the gesture.

And for the Christchurch mothers, it will be a day they won't forget.

3 News

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