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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.

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