Farm­ers rally to help Pohlen Hospi­tal ap­peal

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Last year saw the suc­cess­ful launch of Beef­ing up Pohlen with a stag­ger­ing $37,000 raised by the Mata­mata dairy farm­ing com­mu­nity for the New Wing project at Pohlen Hospi­tal.

This came in the form of cash do­na­tions and also pledges of cull cows.

The Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust hugely ap­pre­ci­ates this sup­port for Pohlen Hospi­tal by so many lo­cal fam­i­lies and businesses.

Grant Wills is a Beef­ing Up Pohlen com­mit­tee mem­ber, and a Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust trustee.

Mr Wills be­came a mem­ber of the foun­da­tion just over a year ago.

‘‘I’m in­volved with a num­ber of other com­mit­tees so saw this as an op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Wills said.

Mr Wills said he would en­cour­age other farm­ers to be­come in­volved with the Beef­ing up Pohlen ini­tia­tive.

‘‘This is a very easy way to con­trib­ute to a very worth­while as­set that will ben­e­fit all of us in years to come,’’ he said.

Elders Live­stock are sell­ing the do­nated cows for no com­mis­sion and Wa­haroa Live­stock and Neven Granich Ltd are truck­ing the do­nated cows free of charge.

Funds tinue to raised as­sist will con­with the re­de­vel­op­ment Hospi­tal.

Tracy and Wynn Brown’s four chil­dren were born at Pohlen Hospi­tal.

The cou­ple agree that sup­port­ing the Beef­ing Up Pohlen ini­tia­tive was just one small thing that farm­ers could do that will make a big dif­fer­ence to the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in Mata­mata.

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‘‘As a small ru­ral town we are ex­tremely lucky that we have a fa­cil­ity such as Pohlen Hospi­tal on our doorstep. It’s a valu­able part of our com­mu­nity,’’ Mrs Brown said.

‘‘We need to sup­port it so it’s here to sup­port us in the fu­ture.’’

If you want more in­for­ma­tion, phone Ju­dith Chal­lis on 881 9100 ext 834.

Photo: KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU.

Wynn and Tracy Brown are two mem­bers of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity who are sup­port­ing the Beef­ing up Pohlen ini­tia­tive.

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