Tele­vi­sion celebrity at Pohlen fundraiser

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

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