Lions fer­tiliser drive com­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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.

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