Pohlen project needs com­mu­nity sup­port

Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust sec­re­tary Ju­dith Chal­lis gives an up­date on the Beef­ing up Pohlen ini­tia­tive that has seen over $30,000 raised for Pohlen Hospi­tal’s New Wing Project.

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Pohlen Hospi­tal needs more beds now and this de­mand is set to in­crease over the next few years as our pop­u­la­tion swells and gets older. Hence the New Wing Project at Pohlen, which has been in progress for two years. The project has been a huge task for us. It is a group of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers en­sur­ing the project moves for­ward and is com­pleted.

This will en­sure that our com­mu­nity has the best pos­si­ble health care avail­able. The alternative is re­ceiv­ing care in Waikato Hospi­tal.

The project must be funded by the com­mu­nity, whether this is by funds able to be set aside by the hospi­tal board, by the foun­da­tion ac­tively fundrais­ing, by phil­an­thropic grants we seek, or by peo­ple say­ing to us: ‘‘This is what I can do to help’’.

Many sec­tors of the com­mu­nity have pitched in and helped and this sup­port has been quite over­whelm­ing.

It is timely to ac­knowl­edge the many farm­ers and as­so­ci­ated busi­nesses who have contributed to the Beef­ing up Pohlen ini­tia­tive we have pro­moted over the last few months.

What a success this has been; not tried from the foun­da­tion’s per­spec­tive but won­der­fully well sup­ported never the less.

We pre­sented our New Wing Project to this sec­tor last Novem­ber and to date we have re­ceived more than $30,000 in cash do­na­tions or from the pro­ceeds from cull cows.

What a tremen­dous re­sponse and cows are still be­ing re­ceived.

We know the drought has had a huge im­pact on our farm­ers, but if you are in a po­si­tion in the fu­ture to also sup­port this cull cow scheme please con­tact El­ders’ John Price on 027 594 2544 or Danny O’Leary on 021 954 283.

Steve and Tr­ish Atkin­son are just two Mata­mata farm­ers who have given their sup­port to the Beef­ing up Pohlen ini­tia­tive.

‘‘There are a lot of com­mit­ted peo­ple work­ing on this great project,’’ Mr Atkin­son said.

‘‘We are pleased to be able to play a small part in sup­port­ing this great fa­cil­ity that will add huge value to the com­mu­nity and its peo­ple.’’


Giv­ing: Tr­ish and Steve Atkin­son are keen sup­port­ers of the Beef­ing up Pohlen ini­tia­tive.

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