Back when Va­ri­ety Bash hit Ti­rau

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Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on a visit from Suzy Cato, a union for the un­em­ployed and the open­ing of St Pius X Catholic Church in Toko­roa.

10 years ago Bash a hit in Ti­rau

March 13, 2002 The Va­ri­ety Club Bash was a hit in Ti­rau.

The Ti­rau com­mu­nity was in for a treat when Cal­tex hosted a Celebrity Fun Stop at the town’s Cal­tex Ser­vice Sta­tion on Sun­day for the 12th an­nual Va­ri­ety Bash.

Part of the con­voy of more than 50 crazy Bash ve­hi­cles with more than 300 ded­i­cated Bash­ers, a host of celebri­ties and army sup­port made the Fun Stop in Ti­rau while on their fundrais­ing jour­ney.

Cal­tex’s ded­i­cated celebrity, Ainslie Allen, pumped petrol and washed win­dows to en­cour­age cus­tomers to make do­na­tions to­wards help­ing New Zealand’s sick and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

The Bash, which started in Waiuku, will wind its way to Taupo from the East Cape, to fundraise and present more than $350,000 in grants to ben­e­fit chil­dren.

Es­tab­lished in New Zealand in 1989, Va­ri­ety – The Chil­dren’s Char­ity, has raised more than $7 mil­lion and helped hun­dreds of chil­dren through­out the coun­try.

25 years ago Job­less com­bine in union

Jan­uary 22, 1987 Moves are un­der way to form an un­em­ployed work­ers’ union in South Waikato.

Spokes­woman Gail Arnott, the or­gan­iser of the hui for un­em­ployed and ben­e­fi­cia­ries at Toko­roa yes­ter­day, said that a public meet­ing could be called within the next month to form the nu­cleus of a union.

The moves comes at a time when na­tional job­less to­tals have jumped.

Yes­ter­day more than 30 peo­ple heard na­tional un­em­ployed worker or­gan­is­ers Stephen De­lahunty and Anna Mei­hana, from Welling­ton, say that it was necess- ary for ben­e­fi­cia­ries to band to­gether to keep some con­trol over their fu­ture.

Miss Mei­hana said that with­out some form of group the un­em­ployed were to­tally vul­ner­a­ble, es­pe­cially to changes in gov­ern­ment pol­icy.

50 years ago Fine new church built by vol­un­tary labour

March 6, 1962 Spa­cious­ness, fine stained glass win­dows and an im­pos­ing ex­te­rior are marks of the new St Pius X Church blessed here last Sun­day by His Grace Arch­bishop Lis­ton.

A steel re­in­forced con­crete struc­ture with a red brick ex­te­rior, it seats 504 peo­ple very com­fort­ably and can ob­vi­ously take more if nec­es­sary.

It has a large choir gallery and am­ple cir­cu­lat­ing room.

The ar­chi­tect was Mr S Jeli­cich of Auck­land.

As a re­sult of vol­un­tary labour it was built for the sur­pris­ingly low cost of 28,000 pounds.

This in­cluded 5000 pounds for fur­nish­ings, 3500 pounds for stained glass win­dows and 2000 pounds for lay­ing out the grounds with brick walls, paths and lawns.

To be built com­mer­cially, the church would have cost 45,000 pounds.

Many non-catholics in the town lent as­sis­tance dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the church.

Last week Cook Is­lan­ders at the lo­cal Con­gre­ga­tional Church took up a spe­cial col­lec­tion and, in a very gen­er­ous gesture of good­will, gave 30 pounds to the parish priest, Fa­ther J O’con­nor, to­wards St Pius X Church.

ADORED: De­voted Ti­rau chil­dren gather around Suzy Cato at the Va­ri­ety Club Bash fun stop on Sun­day.

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