Back when Variety Bash hit Tirau
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.