Ap­peal of­fers kids new fu­tures

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata res­i­dent Joanne Walker wants to do her bit for the Fresh Fu­tures Kids Hos­pi­tal Ap­peal which raises funds for chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal wards around New Zealand.

Mrs Walker is a check­out op­er­a­tor and shift su­per­vi­sor at Mata­mata Count­down and said if peo­ple had been there lately, they would have no­ticed a lot was hap­pen­ing.

‘‘There have been cake stalls, raf­fles, sausage siz­zles and more. There’s also the knit­ting that is start­ing to come in for new­born ba­bies.’’

In the last four years Count­down has raised $3.8 mil­lion for chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal wards through­out New Zealand with the Fresh Fu­tures ap­peal.

All funds ex­clud­ing GST and Govern­ment levies go to the hos­pi­tals.

This year fundrais­ing will go to­wards brain mon­i­tors for new­borns, smart mon­i­tors to mea­sure heart rates, res­pi­ra­tion, oxy­gen and sat­u­ra­tion lev­els and Neop­uffs which is the safest method of re­sus­ci­ta­tion for in­fants.

Pro­gres­sive staff from su­per­mar­kets, dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres and sup­port of­fices will con­duct ma­jor fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the ap­peal.

The ap­peal is an ex­cel­lent way to make a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion, of­ten in ways that bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

Mrs Walker plans to have a stall at the Mata­mata Mar­ket and Craft Fair this month and would ap­pre­ci­ate it, if peo­ple would like to do­nate an item no longer wanted or use for her to sell at the the mar­ket.

Items can be dropped off at Count­down.

Do­ing her bit: Joanne Walker with some of the items she will sell at the Mata­mata Mar­ket and Craft Fair this month to raise money for the Fresh Fu­tures Kids Hos­pi­tal Ap­peal.

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