To­ken vot­ing will help Mata­mata ser­vice groups

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­

Cus­tomers at Z Mata­mata have the chance to show their sup­port for one of four groups mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the town.

Vic­tim Sup­port Mata­mata Pi­ako, the Lions of Mata­mata Char­i­ta­ble Trust, the St John Am­bu­lance ser­vice and the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Garden have been se­lected for the Z Good in the Hood pro­gramme.

Over the next few weeks, cus­tomers will be given an or­ange to­ken and asked to put it in the box that rep­re­sents the group they would most like to sup­port.

The four groups will re­ceive a share of $4000, with the amount given to each group de­pend­ing on how many votes they have.

Last year, the money was split be­tween the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade, St John, Pohlen Hospi­tal and the Com­mu­nity Health Shut­tle.

Cus­tomers can also vote at Good­intheHood as the groups will re­ceive an ex­tra $500 if they are one of the 10 groups na­tion­wide who re­ceive the most votes in Z’s on­line To­ken Hunt.

Z gen­eral man­ager of re­tail, Mark Forsyth, said he was im­pressed with the high cal­i­bre of ap­pli­cants to the pro­gramme this year.

‘‘We were over­whelmed by the pas­sion and com­mit­ment demon­strated by many of th­ese groups and the amaz­ing work they’re do­ing in lo­cal neigh­bour­hoods,’’ he said.

‘‘Their un­wa­ver­ing fo­cus on help­ing peo­ple de­spite lim­ited fund­ing be­ing avail­able in th­ese tough eco­nomic times is in­spir­ing.’’

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