Home tours help Pohlen
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.