Group lend a hand
Instead of meeting up at the Okoroire pub for their usual yarn spinning over a beer, Piarere Young Farmers members volunteered to build a fence for the Rotary Club of Matamata recently.
A number of members met at the Peria Rd Reserve on February 16 to build a new fence, after Rotary members pulled down the old one.
The fence is part of the Rotary club’s plans to plant 100 kahikatea trees at the reserve in Matamata, as a memorial commemorating 100 years since World War I. The club, which is funding the cost of the construction of a fence and walkway on the council land, has support from the MatamataPiako District council in this project.
This memorial is stage one of creating a walkway that would encircle the town that Rotary has been involved in for a long time. The next job is marking out and laying the walkway, Rotary president Owen Farmilo said.
Rotary would then wait until the autumn rains in April or May to start plant- ing the trees, he said.
The Young Farmers club has also been picking up loads of hay for farmers around the area, as a way of fundraising for club activities, Young Farmer member Kate Scott said. ‘‘A larger chunk of funds goes towards a weekend mystery bus trip in May,’’ she said. ‘‘ The more money we raise the bigger the discounts we can offer our members at organised activities like water sports, horse riding, and other outdoor activities in summer and cinema, bowling and indoor stuff in winter.’’