The British war veteran who raised more than $NZ60 million for the National Health Service has turned 100-years-old today.
For Captain Tom Moore, it began as a little challenge in his back garden by walking a hundred laps to try and raise around NZ$2000 for an NHS charity.
Today, he was honoured with a flyover by the Royal Air Service after reaching a total of NZ$61 million.
It is a combination of an extraordinary few weeks and a celebration of how one man’s cheerful determination has inspired people around the globe.
A fund raising machine according to Prince William has been an inspiration amid crisis.
“Captain Tom that is exactly what you are! A point of light in all our lives, so on behalf of all the country thank you and have a very special 100th birthday,” said Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister.
After his promotion from Captain to Colonel he was re-issued with an honour he'd misplaced - the defence medal for his service during World War II accompanied with a birthday letter from the Queen.
“I find it difficult to express how I feel because I’m so overwhelmed by this honour,” said Mr Moore.
Captain Tom was originally planning to mark his centenary with a family party but the celebrations have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. He'll spend his special day in self isolation at his daughter's home.