Farm­ers dig deep in sup­port of el­derly care

Mata­mata’s farm­ing com­mu­nity has been asked to help sup­port the New Wing Project at Pohlen Hospi­tal. Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust sec­re­tary Ju­dith Chal­lis ex­plains why

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Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust held an evening re­cently for our lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity, aptly named ‘‘Beef­ing up Pohlen’’.

At this func­tion we were for­tu­nate to have Sir Henry Van der Hey­den and Sir Dry­den Spring as guests.

The aim of this event was to make our farm­ing com­mu­nity aware of the fu­ture health­care re­quire­ments of our rapidly ag­ing com­mu­nity and to ask for fi­nan­cial sup­port for the New Wing Project which will ad­dress this need.

Though Sir Henry lives out­side the Pohlen sup­port area, he was pre­pared to write out a cheque for $1500 to as­sist with the con­struc- tion of the new wing at Pohlen.

Sir Henry had toured the hospi­tal ear­lier in the day and re­it­er­ated the point that in­deed there is noth­ing quite like Pohlen any­where else in ru­ral New Zealand.

He was im­pressed with the range of care pro­vided within the com­plex, from the doc­tors at one end through to ma­ter­nity at the other, not to men­tion the stan­dard of the fa­cil­i­ties and the vi­sion we have for the de­liv­ery of our com­mu­nity’s health care.

Sir Dry­den men­tioned that it was not un­til you need Pohlen that you re­alise what a jewel we have here in Mata­mata.

Whether you need the care your­self, or some­one close to you re­quires care, you are still amongst fam­ily and friends and not hav­ing to deal with the stress of trav­el­ling out of town.

In or­der to en­sure that Pohlen Hospi­tal has the ca­pac­ity to meet in­creas­ing lev­els of de­mand we need to start build­ing soon , and to do that we need ad­di­tional cap­i­tal to fund that build­ing.

In time all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity will be asked to help if they can.

To date the sup­port we have re­ceived for the New Wing Project has been fan­tas­tic.

Af­ter 18 months we are just about half­way through in terms of cap­i­tal works and the fundrais­ing re­quired.

Why do we need to fundraise? The hospi­tal is a char­i­ta­ble trust. It is owned by our com­mu­nity and ad­min­is­tered by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of our com­mu­nity.

Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust is ex­tremely grate­ful for the sup­port of Grant Wills, David Gasquoine, Stew Wadey and Tony Wild­ing, not to men­tion El­ders and RD1, and Swaps for their col­lec­tive sup­port for the ‘‘Beef­ing up Pohlen’’ ini­tia­tive.

Catch­ing up: Sir Henry van der Hey­den, John Vant­teu­ven, Garry Stan­ley and Tony Wild­ing at the Beef­ing up Pohlen event.

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