Lions mo­ti­vated to help their com­mu­nity thrive

Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata Lions’ do­na­tions ben­e­fit both lo­cal events and in­di­vid­u­als striv­ing to ex­cel in their cho­sen field or rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand over­seas.

High­lights of this year’s do­na­tions in­clude help­ing Dal­las Kete get to Hong Kong to take part in a St John In­ter­na­tional cadet com­pe­ti­tion and camp, the club sec­re­tary Carol Cur­tis said.

‘‘The club tries to give back to in­di­vid­u­als who are do­ing well in their cho­sen field like Olympic swim­mer Matthew Stan­ley.’’ In the past Carol’s daugh­ter Natalie has been par­tially fi­nan­cially sup­ported by the club while she rep­re­sented New Zealand in a shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion in England.

‘‘Ev­ery lit­tle bit helps those in­di­vid­u­als get to where they want to go.’’

Carol said 90-95 per cent of $25,991 raised up to June 30 this year stays lo­cal. ‘‘Most years we give a gen­er­ous do­na­tion to West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter as lo­cals ben­e­fit hugely from this ser­vice.’’

As well as do­nat­ing money, club mem­bers also do­nate time and en­ergy to projects. They keep the he­li­pad well main­tained and keep the Kaimai look­out tidy. The club is also grate­ful for the sup­port they get from lo­cal busi­nesses, Carol said.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata Lions mem­bers, like Trevor Pot­ter and Joe Jes­sup, have kept the he­li­pad, which the Lions group built, pris­tine.

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