Fes­ti­val raises $10,000 for wor­thy causes

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN,

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.

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