Business sold on helping
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.