Sausages fuel an un­stint­ing pub­lic

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LIBBY KIS­SICK Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent

The bar­be­cue barely had time to heat up as lunchtime gen­eros­ity from Mata­mata raised more than $31,000 for Christchurch earth­quake vic­tims.

Dur­ing their Fri­day two-hour lunch break last week, ASB Mata­mata staff were amazed at the kind­ness gen­er­ated by their sausage siz­zle and can­vass­ing.

ASB Mata­mata ru­ral man­ager Jan Pat­tin­son said she had never seen sausages go so fast.

Mrs Pat­tin­son, whose hus­band’s fam­ily was vis­it­ing a rel­a­tive in Ran­giora at the time of the quake, said ‘‘up here’’ the ASB team had felt quite help­less. ‘‘It was just nice to do some­thing,’’ she said.

Branch man­ager Jan Chinn said the ASB Cen­tral North Is­land’s 15 branches as well as ru­ral and busi­ness bank­ing teams de­cided to host bar­be­cues in their towns to add to the $1 mil­lion al­ready do­nated by ASB.

Mata­mata busi­nesses also helped with the bar­be­cue.

Cloth­ing stores Jag­gers and Caro­line Eve lent man­nequins, which in turn were dressed by Mata­mata Sports World and Stir­ling Sports in Cantabrian rugby jer­seys and caps.

New World and Ex­port Meat Ware­house pro­vided the food.

If any­one wishes to do­nate to the ASB Christchurch Ap­peal they can do so at any branch or on­line – the ac­count num­ber is 12 3205 0146808 00.

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