Busi­ness sold on help­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

Mata­mata trades peo­ple were sold off for a high price last month in or­der to sup­port lo­cal chil­dren suf­fer­ing from type-2 di­a­betes.

Re­doubt Bar and Eatery held an auc­tion-style fundraiser in which 12 busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als sold off time and skills to keen buy­ers, rais­ing $5278.

The high­est sell­ing lot was Re­doubt head chef Ginge and bar­man Clif­ford Wil­liams, who sold for $810 fol­lowed by New World owner Ewan Ather­ton who went for $270 to mow lawns.

The orig­i­nal idea for the fundraiser was to raise enough money to sup­ply one child with an in­sulin pump. This small de­vice can change a child’s life dras­ti­cally by tak­ing away up to eight in­jec­tions a day and even­tu­ally min­imis­ing that down to just one ev­ery three days.

But Di­a­betes Youth Mata­mata Co-or­di­na­tor Rochelle Richard­son said she felt the money raised would be bet­ter spent try­ing to im­prove more than one child’s life, if pos­si­ble.

‘‘We have de­cided to split the money be­tween more than one child who needs it. We want to do it fairly for each child so that no one can be dis­ad­van­taged from hav­ing a pump be­cause of the money.’’

Re­doubt pro­pri­etor Ja­cob Hen­der­son said their tar­get had been $ 5000 but they real­is­ti­cally ex­pected only $ 2000 so when the money start­ing pour­ing in, they were very grate­ful.

‘‘It is fan­tas­tic. Ev­ery lot went for a de­cent amount so it is good to be able to do­nate this,’’ he said.

Mrs Richard­son’s son Matthew re­ceived an in­sulin pump last week and al­ready there had been a sig­nif­i­cant change.

‘‘The pump has helped his gen­eral health, his way of life and things like mood swings have dis­ap­peared,’’ she said.

Di­a­betes New Zealand gives fam­i­lies in the Waikato two op­por­tu­ni­ties a year to have train­ing and buy a pump, the next one is in Septem­ber.

Mrs Richard­son said by then more chil­dren will have come for­ward who need the pump and money can be do­nated to them to as­sist with the cost. There are seven chil­dren who are part of Di­a­betes Youth Mata­mata. Along with the three pic­tured above, Paige Fawcett, Liam and Rhain Eras­mus and Roy Tiddy would all ben­e­fit from a pump.

When a child re­ceives an in­sulin pump, their par­ents must un­dergo a week of train­ing.

The course helps par­ents learn about what the pump does to their child’s body, how to man­age them through their highs and lows and just give gen­eral help.

In need: From left, Sa­muel Theobald, 12, Ash­lee Mead, 4, and Matthew Richard­son, 7, all suf­fer from type2 di­a­betes but with the re­cent help of Mata­mata busi­nesses they have the chance to get an in­sulin pump.

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