Change to ticketing of lunch
One of Matamata’s premier events is just over a month away.
The famous ladies’ lunch will be held on August 15, with tickets on sale from today.
Proceeds from this popular event, held at Longlands Farm and Restaurant, Burwood Rd, will support the new wing project at Pohlen Hospital.
Lady Margaret Spring, chairwoman of the Pohlen Foundation Trust, said organisers of the event appreciated all the ladies who regularly attend but every year a significant number of people are unable to secure tickets.
‘‘ We really do appreciate all those ladies who regularly attend. Every year a significant number of people are unable to secure a ticket. In an effort to be fair to everyone and due to popular demand, unfortunately we can no longer have a reserve list in advance of the event. We do hope you understand.’’
A total of 110 tickets are available at $ 85 each.
A highlight of the annual event has always been a guest speaker. In recent years, speakers have included Dame Wendy Pye, Superintendent Paula Rose and Wendyl Nissen.
This year Shelley Campbell will be the guest speaker.
Campbell is currently chief executive of the Sir Peter Blake Trust and is responsible for implementing its leadership development and environmental programmes throughout the country.
This year there will be live music towards the end of the day for those who want to stay on a little longer and relax.
The event is always popular, with local businesses Unichem Matamata Pharmacy and Longlands Farm and Restaurant getting right behind the fundraising cause.
Thanks to the local chemist, the ladies who attend the luncheon will be able to take home a gorgeous goodie bag and there will be not one but two raffle draws this year.
Lady Margaret said Kerry and Silvia Simpson and the rest of the Longlands team were wonderful to work alongside and it was so nice to be able to offer the ladies a complimentary refreshment as they arrived.
Lady Margaret said Pohlen was here for the community.
‘‘Pohlen Foundation Trust supports the hospital board’s aim of delivering the best possible health care services and facilities, hence we always have several projects on the go to improve Pohlen’s amenities and upgrade medical equipment.
‘‘The trust is raising funds to build a new wing to cater for the growing demands.’’
GUEST SPEAKER: Shelley Campbell, chief executive of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, will be the guest speaker at this year’s ladies lunch fundraiser.