Lions need pick-up help

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

The Hin­uera Te Poi Lions are strug­gling to get groups to help with their monthly pa­per drive.

Club pres­i­dent John Rea said the ser­vice club was look­ing for more groups who want to raise funds through help­ing the club with their monthly pa­per drive.

‘‘We’ve tended to use two or three groups and they maybe get a bit sick of it,’’ he said.

The drive, which takes place on the first Satur­day of ev­ery month, needs about eight or nine cars and takes about 11⁄ hours to col­lect the pa­pers from around Mata­mata town­ship. They are then dropped them off at the Swaps de­pot.

Ru­ral res­i­dents can also drop any news­pa­pers to be re­cy­cled at Swaps on that day too.

On a good day, the drive can reap 10 tonne of pa­per and earns the var­i­ous groups that help $250, Rea said.

The club does not make any money from the ini­tia­tive.

‘‘It’s not a for­tune but it’s not about that. It’s about do­ing some­thing for the com­mu­nity. You have bit of fun do­ing it too. Re­cently we had the UMS rugby club come down and help and they ac­tu­ally en­joyed it, they were able to have a run around and get a bit of fit­ness, and have a laugh.’’

The club also fundraises by col­lect­ing slinks from July to Au­gust.

It gets great sat­is­fac­tion from serv­ing the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing ser­vices such as fix­ing a derelict fence that runs along­side the Hin­uera straight, he said.

The club is also dis­cussing pay­ing for the costs and get­ting the Men’s Shed to build a new sign to re­place the one that was de­stroyed in a car ac­ci­dent on Broad­way.

Rea said the so­cial club was al­ways look­ing for younger mem­bers.

The club meets twice a month. One week is for a din­ner and a guest speaker at the RSA.

Re­cently the club heard from two Rangers who went to a jam­boree in Eng­land, and Mata­mata col­lege stu­dents who went to an Out­door Pur­suit Cen­tre. The club had par­tially funded their trips.

Rea said the club also has a meet­ing to dis­cuss club plans at the Mata­mata Club once a month.

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