Change to tick­et­ing of lunch

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.’’

Photo: SUP­PLIED

GUEST SPEAKER: Shel­ley Camp­bell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, will be the guest speaker at this year’s ladies lunch fundraiser.

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