Get the scent of fresh pine, with a Ro­tary Christ­mas tree

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Are you look­ing to pur­chase a top qual­ity Christ­mas tree with the added ben­e­fit of sup­port­ing char­ity?

Well the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata is once again sell­ing Christ­mas trees in De­cem­ber from var­i­ous dis­tri­bu­tion points to raise money for its char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours.

Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata di­rec­tor Stew Wadey said the Christ­mas tree sell­ing project was an im­por­tant way the club could raise money while also pro­vid­ing a ser­vice to the peo­ple of Mata­mata.

‘‘The trees we sell are all pro­fes­sion­ally grown and trimmed to al­low us to pro­vide a high qual­ity prod­uct,’’ Mr Wadey said.

‘‘This project is an im­por­tant cog in the club’s fundrais­ing ef­forts for the year and we hope to be able to raise enough to sup­port sev­eral in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal projects from the sale of the trees.’’

Mr Wadey said the club was a strong sup­porter of two key Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional projects – Shel­ter Boxes and Emer­gency Re­sponse Kits which are sent out any time a dis­as­ter hits a na­tion. It is hoped that some of the money raised this year would go to­wards th­ese projects.

‘‘ Th­ese are two key projects which ben­e­fit peo­ple that have lost ev­ery­thing through nat­u­ral dis­as­ter and have ab­so­lutely noth­ing left,’’ Mr Wadey said. ‘‘Our club has been a long-time sup­porter of th­ese in­ter­na­tional re­sponse ef­forts and it is grat­i­fy­ing to know money raised lo­cally can sup­port peo­ple in their dark­est hour.’’

Mr Wadey said money from the sale of trees would also be used closer to home, with the club hav­ing been in­volved in sup­ply­ing dic­tionar­ies into lo­cal schools for a num­ber of years to aid the ed­u­ca­tion of pupils in Mata­mata.

The Christ­mas trees will be avail­able on Satur­day De­cem­ber 14 at the an­nual Christ­mas mar­ket and at the New World car park. They will also be sold at New World on Satur­day De­cem­ber 7 from 9am to 2pm plus a pres­ence at the Christ­mas Pa­rade and Mon­day De­cem­ber 16 pur­chased from Pip­pins, Four Sea­sons Gar­den Cen­tre or Kaimai Gar­den Cen­tre dur­ing the week.

Trees cost $35 for 6ft and $45 for 7ft.

For pre or­ders and in­for­ma­tion con­tact Stew on 888 1808 or Kay on 888 6086.

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