Call­ing it a day

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

As al­ways, Daw­son Bruce was the first per­son at the Chron­i­cle of­fice with his 2012 en­try fee in hand, ready to en­ter the 35th J Swap Mata­mata Chron­i­cle Tower Run.

Mr Bruce has be­come well known for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Tower Run but, be­cause of cir­cum­stances be­yond his con­trol, this year will be his last.

That will prob­a­bly sad­den many who have gath­ered at the fin­ish line to cheer Mr Bruce on in pre­vi­ous years.

‘‘I went to see my doc­tor and he said I’m ab­so­lutely fine to do the walk so I thought I may as well do it this time and then that’s it,’’ he said.

‘‘ I feel very priv­i­leged to have been blessed with good health to be able to do this.’’

Last year Mr Bruce raised more than $ 7000 for the Can­ter­bury Earth­quake Fund.

This year he will be rais­ing money for the Heart Foun­da­tion and Vic­tim Sup­port.

Any­one who would like to spon­sor Mr Bruce can do so by call­ing into the Na­tional Bank in Mata­mata and mak­ing a do­na­tion into an ac­count es­tab­lished by Mr Bruce.

All do­na­tions would be ap­pre­ci­ated very much. Year 10 stu­dent Zep Clarke-lynn is mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pres­sion – his pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment to al­ways giv­ing his best.

He was re­cently awarded the Wil­liams’ Jew­ellery Good Cit­i­zen award for hand­ing in a wal­let he had found and help­ing re­trieve a lost cheque out of it.

Zep loves English, maths, wood­work and mu­sic and he plans to do a build­ing ap­pren­tice­ship when he leaves school.

He rep­re­sents the school at bas­ket­ball and soft­ball and has started box­ing train­ing to keep fit.

One more time:

Daw­son Bruce tak­ing part in last year’s Tower Run.

This year is the last time Mr Bruce will en­ter to raise funds for char­ity.

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