Lo­cal vol­un­teers ac­knowl­edged

Matamata Chronicle - - Out And About -

A to­tal of 91 vol­un­teers from 47 or­gan­i­sa­tions were ac­knowl­edged by the Mata­mataPi­ako District Coun­cil at a event held at Wal­lace Gallery in Mor­rinsville on May 31.

‘‘Vol­un­teers are at the heart of com­mu­nity spirit.

‘‘It is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for us to recog­nise the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of these vol­un­teers, or­di­nary peo­ple who ac­com­plish ex­tra­or­di­nary things,’’ Mayor Jan Barnes said at the morn­ing tea.

She said the an­nual event was a chance to say thanks to the vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions that put in count­less hours of work to ben­e­fit our com­mu­nity, with­out them many ser­vices could not ex­ist.

This year the coun­cil gave cer­tifi­cates to var­i­ous groups, in­stead of award­ing them to in­di­vid­u­als.

The vol­un­teers were from or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Mata­mata House­hold Bud­get Ad­vi­sory Service, Hin­uera-Te Poi Lions, Mata­mata Friend­ship Cir­cle, Pohlen Pals, Keep Mata­mata Beau­ti­ful, Tran­si­tion Mata­mata, Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade, Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau Mata­mata, Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Re­source Trust, Tom Grant Drive Inc, St John Mata­mata and Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata.

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