Com­mu­nity-wide ef­fort

Matamata Chronicle - - Opnion/news -

On be­half of the Pohlen Hos­pi­tal and Child Can­cer Com­mit­tee, I would es­pe­cially like to send a mes­sage to our fab­u­lous Mata­mata com­mu­nity!

As a re­sult of a huge com­bined ef­fort, we were all able to en­joy the Mid-Win­ter Christ­mas Fes­ti­val, held at the be­gin­ning of this month.

What a sen­sa­tional few days – the work put into or­gan­is­ing this event has been go­ing on for over a year.

All sec­tions of our com­mu­nity have been in­volved – knit­ters, painters, carvers, elec­tri­cians, singers, mu­si­cians, cooks, event plan­ners, the most clever and orig­i­nal de­sign­ers and dream­ers, plumbers, farm­ers, in­cred­i­bly hard work­ers, care givers and love shar­ers – of all ages, from all back­grounds. And all th­ese peo­ple came to­gether with their beau­ti­ful and sup­port­ive spir­its, and en­abled this delightful and magic time to light up some dreary grey days in our July win­try view.

The gen­eros­ity of peo­ple, groups and busi­nesses in their spon­sor­ship and prac­ti­cal help, and the en­ergy, time, and com­mit­ment given by so many is above and be­yond any­thing we could ex­pect.

But, again, our town stands up – and gives. Thank you all so much. This event raised over $16,000 to sup­port our two char­i­ties, and ac­cord­ingly, the money will be di­vided be­tween them – wow.

So, while they will be both be so ap­pre­cia­tive, and this will be said at a later date – our com­mit­tee would truly like to ex­press our grat­i­tude to each and ev­ery one of you, so many peo­ple who gave, on many lev­els– to sup­port our hos­pi­tal ,and our chil­dren. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. – Elis­a­beth Ather­ton, Pohlen Hos­pi­tal and Child Can­cer Com­mit­tee mem­ber

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