Television celebrity at Pohlen fundraiser
People either love him or hate him but to have television and radio personality Paul Henry come to Matamata is undeniably special.
Paul and Pinot for Pohlen will be held at Matamata Golf Club on Saturday, November 19 and starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are $80 and tapas style food will be served throughout the night.
Aaron Ward from TV1’ s Nothing Trivial will also be at the event and the evening will be formatted in an interview style. Henry will be available for the entire evening to answer questions.
Henry’s recently released book What was I Thinking; A Memoir will also be available for purchase and people will have the opportunity to have it signed by the man himself.
Pohlen Hospital Foundation chairperson Lady Margaret Spring said it was so lovely to have people who were so generous with their time. ‘‘Paul is absolutely delighted to be coming to Matamata and this is an opportunity for people in Matamata to mingle with someone who is essentially a well known celebrity in our country. The people that support our fundraising ventures must truly believe in what we are doing,’’ Lady Margaret said. ‘‘ Come along and enjoy yourself. It’s going to be a fun filled night.’’
All proceeds from Paul and Pinot for Pohlen will go towards the Pohlen Hospital New Wing Project.
Last Wednesday a significant boost to the new wing project fund was handed over by the Waikato Federated Farmers Charitable Trust.
The $ 25,000 donation will help complete the hot water and electrical upgrade at Pohlen Hospital. Much of the original systems from when the hospital was opened have been upgraded as well as extended to cope with planned growth.
The total cost of the new wing project is estimated at $ 1.7 million. A further $571,000 is yet to be raised.
Pohlen Hospital Trust Board New Wing chairwoman Robin Steed said about three years ago it was identified that a new wing was needed to cope with predicted population growth in Matamata.
‘‘Twenty five per cent of our local population is over 65. This figure is increasing. We simply do not have enough beds to meet the needs of our ageing population,’’ she said.
‘‘This is just the beginning. This new wing project will benefit our community immensely and that is what it is all about.’’
Gratefully received: Members of the Pohlen Hospital Foundation and Waikato Federated Farmers Charitable Trust at the construction site of the new dental clinic facilities at Pohlen Hospital.
Personality: Paul Henry will be in Matamata on November 19.