Home tours help Pohlen

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NICKI DAVIDSON

Bright sun­shine, beau­ti­ful homes and gar­dens and a hi­lar­i­ous guest speaker to fin­ish – Satur­day’s Real Homes and Gar­dens of Mata­mata tour had it all.

But even more pos­i­tive was the great cause it was fundrais­ing for, the Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust Build­ing Fund for the con­struc­tion of a new wing and as­so­ci­ated fa­cil­i­ties at Pohlen Hos­pi­tal, bring­ing the hos­pi­tal bed to­tal to 37.

Foun­da­tion Trust chair Lady Mar­garet Spring said a to­tal in the vicin­ity of $21,000 had been raised for the ‘‘small but mar­vel­lous’’ hos­pi­tal.

‘‘It was a thor­oughly en­joy­able day, the home­own­ers have been un­be­liev­able, so lovely and will­ing to let peo­ple go through their homes and make them­selves avail­able to an­swer ques­tions.’’

Guest speaker Annabelle White, who of­fered prac­ti­cal cook­ing tips, sage ad­vice and sto­ries that had the au­di­ence nearly cry­ing with laugh­ter, cut short a Blen­heim trip to be there as the foun­da­tion is one of her favourite ones to sup­port.

‘‘The day was a cel­e­bra­tion, they have done so well to raise what they have. It was a to­tal plea­sure to be there, the gar­dens were mag­nif­i­cent and the very com­pe­tent women had a great sense of fun and com­mu­nity.’’

Just less than 500 peo­ple went around the eight homes and gar­dens on dis­play, which was about the same num­ber as last year, and the day couldn’t have hap­pened with­out the sup­port of the spon­sors said evening MC Liz Ather­ton.

‘‘The main spon­sors were Unichem Mata­mata, Dal­tons, Har­courts, Mitre 10, Pro­fes­sion­als Real Es­tate Group, J Swap Contractors, Co­mag Ltd, Dal­tons Plan­ta­tion and New World Mata­mata and we’d like to thank them so much.’’

‘‘We’ve been plan­ning this for 18 months and its been fab­u­lous, so worth it. The at­mos­phere was just so pos­i­tive.’’

Spon­sor Ju­dith Dal­ton said it was a plea­sure to be part of such a great event.

‘‘To have an event where the com­mu­nity is work­ing to­gether, it doesn’t get bet­ter than that.’’

Fundrais­ers: Lady Mar­garet Spring, Ju­dith Dal­ton, guest speaker Annabelle White and Liz Ather­ton cel­e­brate a highly suc­cess­ful event.

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