Pop­ping good ef­fort

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MEREANA AUSTIN

Na­tional Bub­ble Week is about rais­ing aware­ness of cys­tic fi­bro­sis in New Zealand.

Cys­tic fi­bro­sis is a ge­netic mu­cus gland disease af­fect­ing the whole body, caus­ing pro­gres­sive dis­abil­ity and of­ten re­sult­ing in early death.

The disease af­fects more than 500 peo­ple in New Zealand.

The rare dis­or­der re­ceives fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment.

LJ Hooker held a sausage siz­zle fundraiser last Thurs­day to show its sup­port.

The firm raised $300 from the siz­zle but has more pro­ceeds to add up from the sales


lit­tle of wrist­bands and choco­late fish.

Mata­mata’s LJ Hooker’s of­fice man­ager, Cara-Lee Storer said the fundraiser went re­ally well.

‘‘There was great sup­port from the lo­cals and busi­nesses in­volved,’’ she said.

LJ Hooker Mata­mata has sup­ported cys­tic fi­bro­sis for many years. The branch was keen to get on board with the an­nual event as staff know a cou­ple of chil­dren in Mata­mata who have the dis­or­der.

Every­one who bought a sausage was al­lowed to pop a bal­loon which con­tained a prize of­fer from lo­cal busi­nesses.

These in­cluded Power Pizza, Horse­man Cafe, Gifted, Mata­mata Beta Elec­tri­cal, Mata­mata Hire, The Story Teller and Unichem Mata­mata.

Bal­loons for sup­port: LJ Hooker staff from left, Gib­son Bar­ren, Jill Ire­land, Terry Brewer, Marty Coatham ran a sausage siz­zle to sup­port cys­tic fi­bro­sis week.

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