Giving no challenge for service station
Challenge Matamata owner Dave Harris is a great believer in the Matamata community and he is always looking for ways to help out whenever he can.
Challenge Matamata pumps about $10,000 back into the local community annually and one way in which it raises funds is through the Challenge Matamata Ambrose Tournament.
Mr Harris has been organising the tournament for several years and has raised money for a number of different causes including the Canterbury Earthquake Fund last year.
This year a cheque for $1000 was presented to Pohlen Foundation chairwoman Lady Margaret Spring.
‘‘For us as a community, Pohlen Hospital is our point of difference. It is extremely important for us to be behind it because we never know when we may have to call on the services provided by Pohlen,’’ Mr Harris said.
Ambrose Tournament entrants are required to pay a small weekly fee to enter. Challenge suppliers also provide prizes for raffles.
Matamata Chronicle advertising consultant Nicola Walsh, who is also a former junior Waikato golf representative, said the Challenge Matamata Ambrose Tournament is a great way to meet new people.
‘‘You get out and have a fun game of golf while supporting a superb cause,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a different spin on normal business house golf with a lighthearted atmosphere.
‘‘Golfers of all skill levels can go along and have a great time.’’
Foundation chairperson Lady Margaret Spring said the generous donation will go straight into the building fund for the Pohlen Hospital new wing project.
‘‘ We really appreciate every bit of financial assistance we get from members of our wonderful community, it shows that community spirit is very much alive and well,’’ she said.
Chipping in for Pohlen: Pohlen Foundation chairperson Lady Margaret Spring gratefully receives a cheque for $1000 from Challenge Matamata owner Dave Harris.