Bankers invest in childcare centre
Matamata Bank of New Zealand staff traded in their suits for gumboots last Tuesday as part of the annual BNZ Closed for Good drive.
The bank shut up shop for the day and nine staff members headed to the Matamata Childcare Centre Kids Corner to give the outside play area a makeover.
They completed a long list of jobs including painting the fence, trimming trees, tidying the gardens and installing a safety gate.
Manager Paul Alderson said his team had a great day and found the kids a lot of fun.
‘‘We had a great team effort and we got through all the jobs so it was really good day. The staff were really helpful and everybody enjoyed it.’’
The staff at Kids Corner put on a morning tea for the workers and centre manager Linda Fairgray said it was just a small thank you for the work.
‘‘We are a non-profit organisation, all the funds that come in go straight back into the centre, so anything that gets done for us for free really supports the children.
Mr Alderson said the nationwide BNZ initiative was a great way to give back to the local community.
‘‘To have 3000 staff out there doing a lot of work across the whole country gets a lot of jobs done.’’
Working hard: Sisters Mikayla and Ebony-louise White help out BNZ employee Marion Wallace.
Curious: Four-year-old David Esteve stops to watch BNZ employee Kirstie Gleeson working hard.