Projects focus on friendly theme
Combining this year’s International Inner Wheel theme, Be a Friend, with its social project of creating happier futures for children has heavily influenced Matamata Inner Wheelers lately.
The women’s service club has focused its collective energy on donating its fundraised dollars to Matamata organisations which, either directly or indirectly, resonate with the theme.
‘‘It’s important to us that we support our community in the best way that we can,’’ Matamata Inner Wheel president Cec Barrett said.
‘‘For this reason we chose to support groups or organisations that cover a wide age range of children and young people.’’
The club donated $500 to Pohlen Hospital’s recently upgraded maternity wing, which provides outstanding care for the district’s new mothers and their babies.
The same sum was donated to Matamata Intermediate School which will use the funds to assist students to attend school camps, while Starfish Social Services also received $500 to assist in its work with youth at risk.
Inner Wheel, active in more than 100 countries and with more than 100,000 members, has around 60 clubs in New Zealand.
Its objectives are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service, and to foster international understanding.
Friendly: Matamata Inner Wheel president Cec Barrett, left, and Pohlen Hospital chief executive Anton Turner listen as midwife Cherie Coe explains the capabilities of the OHIO infant resuscitator.