Daf­fodil Day helpers thanked

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Once again I would like to say a big thank you to the peo­ple of Mata­mata who have so will­ingly sup­ported Daf­fodil Day this year.

We cer­tainly missed the beau­ti­ful daf­fodils for sale but must re­mem­ber how much it would have af­fected the grow­ers who were un­able to sup­ply be­cause of the re­cent weather and frosts.

Spe­cial thanks to those who vol­un­teered times and ser­vices to this day: Ali­son at Rail­side who made fa­cil­i­ties avail­able for our de­pot. Mata­mata Hire Cen­tre who pro­vided chairs to the sites in town. Aaron at Al­lied Se­cu­rity who col­lected do­na­tions and de­liv­ered them to the bank after the tell­ers had counted the money. Grate­ful thanks to the tell­ers who again worked well this year.

It was lovely that a few peo­ple who did have daf­fodils flow­er­ing chose to of­fer them, pick them and bring them in town. I’m sure they were ap­pre­ci­ated by those who bought them.

A few things that put a smile on my face: The young woman who of­fered to col­lect do­na­tions in Firth St as she took her daugh­ter for a walk. The gen­tle­man who asked his neigh­bour to de­liver a con­tainer of coins he had been sav­ing. The will­ing vol­un­teers who sit at a ta­ble in the street for an hour or two (de­spite a cool breeze some­times).

And a cer­tain gen­tle­man wear­ing a smart suit, a yel­low plas­tic hat and yel­low fairy wings who walked the town into busi­nesses etc and col­lected heaps of dol­lars. Well done.

So maybe there wasn’t so much colour this year and the to­tal may be down but when I’ve been asked if I had a good day, I had to an­swer ‘‘yes I did’’, be­cause of you good peo­ple.

Thank you Mata­mata. Your kind­ness and gen­eros­ity will help give hope to many.

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