Firms man­age to keep up Tower run gen­eros­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Each year, it is my happy task to col­lect the spot prizes for the Chron­i­cle Tower Run.

I re­ally en­joy the job as it is an op­por­tu­nity to catch up with so many Mata­mata re­tail­ers who are tra­di­tion­ally un­fail­ingly gen­er­ous in their sup­port of this pop­u­lar an­nual event.

I have to ad­mit that, this year, I was lack­ing my usual joie de vivre as I did the rounds. In­deed my heart was heavy in the wake of the tragic Christchurch earth­quake and I was also keenly aware that many busi­nesses were al­ready sup­port­ing our Can­ter­bury neigh­bours through a num­ber of fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives.

How­ever, de­spite the cur­rent calls on the do­na­tion dol­lar (or, more ac­cu­rately, goods) Mata­mata busi­nesses again sup­ported the Tower Run with their usual en­thu­si­asm. I am hum­bled by your gen­eros­ity and thank you all for your warm wel­come and sup­port. vis­i­tors re­ceive from view­ing these char­ac­ters around town.

Please re­pair him so that I can send a com­plete photo to my grand­chil­dren who had no com­pre­hen­sion why some­one could even con­tem­plate do­ing this. Not a good look for New Zealand.

I am sure if it was a cost­ing is­sue do­na­tions would fill that slot. Please don’t let the van­dals win.

Hob­biton is now part of Mata­mata so please re­pair Gol­lum so peo­ple like my grand­chil­dren can en­joy these char­ac­ters.

Please re­pair him.

Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Sue Whit­ing said that Gol­lum was not do­nated to the town but was pur­chased by the as­so­ci­a­tion for $2000. ‘‘Sadly it was go­ing to cost $1800 to fix him so we gave Gol­lum a lit­tle tem­po­rary fa­cial ‘ work’ to smooth out the harsh lines.

‘‘Since Gol­lum’s demise we have been search­ing for a so­lu­tion and just this week, the com­mit­tee has ap­proved a re­place­ment.

‘‘The re­place­ment will stop traf­fic, it will cre­ate ex­ten­sive me­dia ex­po­sure (pos­si­bly world­wide) and you will get the most amaz­ing pho­tos to send to your grand­chil­dren. Just watch that space.’’

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