Turn­ing re­cy­cling into cash

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

One ser­vice group re­lies on your re­cy­cling abil­i­ties to be able to sup­port other groups’ fundrais­ing ef­forts.

Hin­uera-Te Poi Lions has been op­er­at­ing for 43 years. On the first Satur­day of each month, ex­cept Jan­uary, they run the paper drive, as a fundraiser for groups, schools and char­i­ties.

John Hill, vice pres­i­dent of the ser­vice group, co-or­di­nates the col­lec­tion.

It is a fairly sim­ple fundraiser, and re­sults in $250, part of which Hin­uera-Te Poi Lions sub­sidise, how­ever, some­times the club can scram­ble for some­one to do the col­lec­tion.

‘‘We go through peaks and troughs. We get lots of groups want­ing to do it, then we are chas­ing around for peo­ple, then it’s too many. It’s a bit like the tide,’’ says Hill.

‘‘It was a close one last month, the Guides came to our res­cue.’’

Col­lect­ing this Satur­day is the Mata­mata Col­lege 1st XV rugby team head­ing to Ar­gentina, fol­lowed by St Josephs Catholic School in De­cem­ber.

Due to the ef­fi­ciency of re­cy­cling, the col­lec­tion is not as plen­ti­ful as it used to be

‘‘Re­cy­cling bins have played a part in the re­duc­tion of paper we col­lect. Be­cause re­cy­cling is so suc­cess­ful in a sense, the price of paper has gone down. ‘‘

The re­duced cost is why Hin­uera-Te Poi Lions sub­sidise the col­lec­tion to en­sure each group al­ways takes away $250.

This has its own flow on ef­fect, mean­ing the ser­vice group has to fundraise, in­clud­ing the slinks (dead calves) and sell­ing chopped wood.

How­ever, The Lions con­tinue to give, do­nat­ing chopped wood to peo­ple in need and re­cently en­abled two col­lege stu­dents to at­tend the Out­door Pur­suits Cen­tre.

The Hin­uera-Te Poi Lions meet twice monthly, which in­cludes din­ner to­gether and lis­ten­ing to a speaker. Oc­ca­sion­ally they get out for some good old Kiwi fun, like watch­ing a live All Blacks game or vis­it­ing a shear­ing shed, and have en­tered a float in next months Christ­mas Pa­rade. New mem­bers are wel­come. ‘‘We are a great bunch of peo­ple, typ­i­cal Ki­wis, friendly, help­ful, we have a good laugh and work hard for the com­mu­nity.’’

Although women aren’t ex­cluded, it’s a male dom­i­nated group. Ladies nights are ev­ery few months. In De­cem­ber they have a Christ­mas party and ev­ery­one do­nates a tin of food.

Hin­uera Te Poi Lions Henry Wat­son, paper drive co-or­di­na­tor John Hill and Bill Crabb over­see the col­lec­tion.

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