Foun­da­tion lun­cheon a win­ner

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU mata­mata.edi­

Lead­ing ed­u­ca­tional pub­lisher Dame Wendy Pye was do­ing re­search for an ar­ti­cle she was writ­ing, when she made a dis­cov­ery that changed the course of her life.

She had been a jour­nal­ist for 22 years and was run­ning the New Zealand Women’s Weekly when she took a trip to Auck­land’s North Shore and found a group of Pa­cific Is­land boys who had not learnt to read.

‘‘I had never heard of any­one not be­ing able to read. I thought ‘this is just ter­ri­ble’,’’ she said.

This led Dame Wendy to de­velop early learn­ing lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy ma­te­rial that has helped chil­dren all over the world.

Dame Wendy was the guest speaker at the 2013 An­nual Ladies Lun­cheon at Long­lands.

The Ladies Lun­cheon is one of the Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust’s most suc­cess­ful an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paigns.

Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust chair­per­son Lady Mar­garet Spring thanked all those in at­ten­dance.

‘‘By at­tend­ing this lun­cheon you are show­ing your sup­port for Pohlen, and the price of your lun­cheon ticket will sup­port one of our many projects just that bit more,’’ she said.

‘‘ In essence your do­na­tion means that we are able to do the best we pos­si­bly can in terms of pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for that won­der­ful fa­cil­ity we call Pohlen Hos­pi­tal. It is our hope that this en­ables more peo­ple within our com­mu­nity to be cared for here in Mata­mata. We aim to keep health­care on our doorstep.’’

A roar of ap­plause filled the restau­rant when Lady Mar­garet an­nounced that since the Foun­da­tion’s in­cep­tion in 2007, the amount it has raised stands at $1 mil­lion.

‘‘ I think this is a stag­ger­ing amount for a town the size of Mata­mata, and the won­der­ful thing is you have all helped. You have just cause to be very proud,’’ she said.

‘‘The Foun­da­tion only pro­vides the lead­er­ship be­hind the fundrais­ing. How­ever, with­out peo­ple like you sup­port­ing us we sim­ply could not have achieved any­thing like we have, and so on be­half of the foun­da­tion can I say a big thank you.’’

The Ladies Lun­cheon has been so pop­u­lar that a num­ber of ta­bles for next year’s event have been pre-booked.

Hav­ing fun: Mil­dred Madill and Julie Tracey. Giv­ing: Unichem Mata­mata’s Jan Har­wood and Lin­den Leaves’ Lizanne Van Tiel get ready to hand out good­ies packs. In­spir­ing ladies: Lady Mar­garet Spring and Dame Wendy Pye.

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