Giv­ing no chal­lenge for ser­vice sta­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

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