Lions fertiliser drive coming
Matamata Lions members have spent a fair amount of time with their sleeves rolled up over the past few months.
They are in the midst of casualty calf collection and are now preparing for a second major fundraiser – their annual fertiliser drive.
Hundreds of bags of fertiliser, lime, compost and dolomite will be sold door-to-door across Matamata this Saturday.
Carloads of volunteers from the Matamata Fire Brigade and Pohlen Hospital are helping out and will each earn a share of the profit.
Matamata Scouts spent hours dropping fluoro pink fertiliser drive flyers in letterboxes and will also receive an injection of funds.
The fertiliser drive is a massive undertaking for the Lions, who have been organising the project since the early 1960s.
The story goes that a few enterprising Lions crawled under a woolshed and scraped out and bagged manure for sale.
The project is now of a much larger scale, with more than five tonnes of fertiliser, compost and dolomite mixed, bagged and delivered each year.
A further 450 bags of Daltons compost is also sold.
Matamata Lions are grateful for the assistance of Wealleans, Ballance, Swaps, Ravensdown and Daltons.
Over the years, the drive has supported many local organisations.
If anyone misses out on Saturday and would like to buy some fertiliser, they can contact Terry on 888 4042.
Hard at work: Matamata Lions Kevin Curtis, Murray Davidson, Peter Love and Trevor Potter prepare lime for the annual drive.