Ro­tary rakes in cash from metal

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By DAVID HULME

Col­lect­ing scrap metal from farms, busi­nesses and pri­vate res­i­dences has proved to be an ex­cel­lent fundraiser for the Mata­mata Ro­tary Club.

Club pres­i­dent and scrap metal drive or­gan­iser Eric Muckle said the club had raised an amaz­ing $8000 from the drive last month, largely due to the gen­eros­ity of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity.

‘‘We put a call out to lo­cal farm­ers in the Wal­ton, Wardville and Wa­haroa ar­eas and were as­tounded at the num­ber of re­sponses we re­ceived of­fer­ing scrap metal to us,’’ Mr Muckle said.

‘‘In all, we would have un­der­taken at least 25 col­lec­tions, rang­ing from trailer loads to truck loads and to­talling al­most 30 tonnes.’’

The pro­ject in­volved a large num­ber of the club’s 50 mem­bers in var­i­ous roles from or­gan­is­ing col­lec­tions to pick­ing up the scrap metal and sort­ing it.

‘‘We would like to thank all those mem­bers of our com­mu­nity who so will­ingly gave to help en­sure this pro­ject was such a suc­cess,’’ Mr Muckle said. ‘‘It is very grat­i­fy­ing when the lo­cal com­mu­nity is in­volved in giv­ing in this man­ner. It also pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers to have a tidy-up.’’

Mr Muckle thanked Bruce Cloth­ier and the staff at Wa­haroa In­dus­trial Park who al­lowed the club to use their prop­erty as a col­lec­tion point for the scrap metal drive and worked along­side the Ro­tar­i­ans to sort the metal.

The club had tar­geted the three ru­ral ar­eas in an aim to con­sol­i­date col­lec­tion points but Mr Muckle said a num­ber of peo­ple from out­side of these three ar­eas also con­trib­uted. ‘‘We may well look at do­ing an­other scrap metal drive in the com­ing year, fo­cus­ing on other ar­eas of our com­mu­nity.’’ The money raised from the pro­ject would go back into the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Mr Muckle said.

Load­ing: Farmer Job Bru­ins (on trac­tor) pre­pares to load scrap metal onto a truck as Rotarian Jim Wheadon watches on.

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