Rotary rakes in cash from metal
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.