Ro­tary do­nate van to Starfish

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

A part­ner­ship be­tween two well known Mata­mata or­gan­i­sa­tions, means Starfish So­cial Ser­vices now has its very own ve­hi­cle.

Ro­tary Mata­mata have do­nated a used van to Starfish, for the use of trans­port­ing stu­dents to after-school pro­grammes and other projects.

Fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at Ro­tary Mata­mata about Starfish and its com­mu­nity work, Starfish man­ager Jo McNaughton says Ro­tary, of­fered to part­ner with them and pro­vide the van.

Prior to this part­ner­ship, for two years Starfish had been us­ing a van from Baigent Mo­tors, which the com­pany kindly pro­vided.

Ro­tary Mata­mata im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent David Hulme says they felt the work of Starfish So­cial Ser­vices in the com­mu­nity was ‘very wor­thy’ of their sup­port.

‘‘ We believe the work that Jo and her team at Starfish un­der­take is vi­tally im­por­tant in the lives of young peo­ple in our town.’’

The $10,000 project came from a $4500 grant from Ro­tary Dis­trict, which Mata­mata is part of, as well as Mata­mata Ro­tary’s sec­ond an­nual Con­cert at the Lake.

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