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Weekly Review No. 367 - Crippled Children Society

Short Film (Full Length) – 1948

This postwar Weekly Review joins a welfare officer from the Crippled Children’s Society on her Wellington rounds: advising parents, chaperoning children to hospitals to undergo physical and speech therapy, and overseeing the supply of specialist footwear and splints. There’s also a Kiwi take on Heidi as a boy is offered a farm holiday, walking on crutches among the cows: “No care and treatment can substitute for the uplift of two weeks in the country.” Released in September 1948, the film was made by decorated war correspondent Stan Wemyss (grandfather of Russell Crowe).

During a crowded day, she snatches a few minutes to acknowledge an offer by a country family of a vacation on their farm for one of the children under the Society’s care. Offers of this kind are more than welcome. And for the child it’s something to look forward to, and something he’ll never forget.
– From the narration