Festival raises $10,000 for worthy causes
More than 150 children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer each year and Matamata’s Kathy Coppard wanted to help them.
She gathered a group of willing women, formed the Pohlen Hospital and Child Cancer Charity and organised the Mid Winter Christmas Festival held at Matamata Bible Church last month.
Mrs Coppard said it was a huge success and the group raised more than $10,000 – giving Child Cancer Foundation and Pohlen Foundation Trust $5000 each.
Child Cancer Foundation funding and business development manager Delwynne Hahunga along with Pohlen Foundation Trust chairwoman Lady Margaret Spring received the cheques.
Ms Hahunga said she was delighted the money had been raised and was pleased with the fantastic job done at the Christmas festival. She said the money would be going towards a worthy cause.
‘‘We can help local children with cancer and their families through their cancer journeys,’’ she said.
The Child Cancer Foundation does not receive any government funding so members of the organisations knew the money raised was much needed.
Lady Margaret Spring was also thrilled by the amount raised.
‘‘I didn’t expect this amount of money would be raised. It just goes to show what like-minded people can achieve, it’s superb,’’ she said.
‘‘The good thing about Matamata is that they get behind what happens within the community and that’s fantastic.’’
Mrs Coppard said she enjoyed how everyone worked well as a group.
She hopes they can run the festival every two years.
Two cheques are handed over to Pohlen Foundation Trust and Child Cancer Foundation. From Left, Chrissy Paize, Elaine Young, Eilleen Weal, Delwynne Hahunga, Kathy Coppard, Lady Margaret Spring, Annette Gray, Lorraine Harris and Shirley Frew.