Firms manage to keep up Tower run generosity
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.’’