Projects fo­cus on friendly theme

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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