A 12 year old Irish student cheered after receiving a personal letter from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo / Getty Images
A 12 year old Irish student cheered after receiving a personal letter from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The young school girl was given a school project during Ireland’s first lockdown in 2020 asking her to write a letter to the chosen leader.
In March 2020, the 12 year old boy decided to write to Jacinda Ardern.
This week, Ardern responded.
His father Philip Bromwell, a journalist for the Irish website RTE, took to Twitter to share Ardern’s letter.
The letter, signed by Ardern, reads: “Thank you very much for your letter. I’m sorry it took me so long to reply, unfortunately it has been a busy few months.
“I appreciate you taking the time to write – your kind words mean a lot and they really brighten up my day.
“I hope you and your family stay safe in Ireland, convey my best wishes to them.”
It was also signed privately with a pen, with the PM adding “thanks again, Lily!”.
Bromwell said Lily was “delighted” at the answer.
“During the first lockdown last spring, our 11 year old son had to write a letter to a school leader. He chose Jacinda Ardern.
“Well, after ‘a few busy months’ (!) For NZ PM, Lily was thrilled to get a personal reply! Great in leads, locks & letters.”
Irish media have picked up the story, and locals have taken to social media to share their love for the response.
“Incredible leaders. And congratulations for your 11 year old son to connect with him. They could not have chosen a more inspiring leader in these unprecedented times,” wrote one of them.
Another added: ‘That’s really cool. Lily and Jacinda are definitely legends. Beautiful by NZ PM. “
This is not the first time Ardern has responded to an international letter.
A 14-year-old student from South India was surprised and delighted to have a “beautiful and personal reply” to a letter she sent Ardern.
Amana Ashraf wrote to Ardern in 2019 to convey her admiration for the Prime Minister, praising him for beating “hate with love”.
In Ashraf’s letter, he asked about the Prime Minister’s daughter, Neve.
Ardern replied by saying that Neve was very kind.
“He’s growing so fast. It’s amazing to hear him start talking [she now says ‘hi’ to everyone she sees!]. “
In his reply, Ardern thanked Ashraf for his encouraging words and said that his expression of solidarity had helped New Zealand.
“Knowing that we have friends around the world, who are ready to stand with us to spread love and solidarity rather than hatred and division, has given us strength,” Ardern was quoted as saying.