The local Kiwanis club recently held a golf tournament to raise money to buy disadvantaged children pyjamas and still have pairs to give away.
The club also donated a shower chair to Pohlen Hospital.
All the Kiwanis clubs in New Zealand have a year-round project of collecting second-hand gear for school children in Vanuatu.
The local group has a dinner meeting twice a month with a guest speaker.
To join Kiwanis, contact Allan Fairweather on 888 5093 or Sally Jenkins on 888 7317 or 021 140 5004. numerous civic support and fundraising projects, the largest commitment by far is its winter collection of casualty calves.
This generates funds that are subsequently donated to various groups including $2000 for the Westpac rescue helicopter, $1000 to the Firth School camp, $1300 to CAB and many more worthy recipients.
Last year’s Lions’ annual fertiliser drive helped Pohlen Hospital Foundation Trust and the Matamata College’s touring sports teams, along with the annual golf tournament.
Over the past 50 years, Lions has also helped IHC.
The group also revved up this year’s Matamata-Piako Truck Festival by providing the event’s committee with a start-up donation of $1000 which was then passed on to Pohlen Hospital.
The Lions also assisted with the event.
The ‘‘wow’’ project currently undertaken by the club is to ‘‘Light Up the Tower Rd Walkway’’.
Tickets to hear the group’s guest speakers are very popular.
The club headlined with Scott Donaldson, who is well-known for his attempt to kayak from Coffs Harbour to Taranaki recently.
To join the Matamata Lions contact the president Dave Harris on 027 474 8900, Alex Johnson on 021 034 0273 or Bryan Rawiri on 027 966 1263.