Each 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 com­mu­nity’s mam­moth fundrais­ing ef­fort, school fes­ti­val at­tracts many and Road Safety Coun­cil adds new membe

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10 years ago Ti­rau Dog Team close to

goal Fe­bru­ary 12, 2003 Ti­rau is soon to be­come a guide dog.

Thanks to a 17- month ap­peal the com­mu­nity has raised nearly $20,000 of the $22,500 needed to breed, feed and train a new blind dog to be named af­ter the town­ship.

The idea was put for­ward by Sh­eryn Cloth­ier and the Ti­rau Dog Team was formed.

Team chair­woman Lois Gar­diner said the fundrais­ing had been a big ef­fort by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity since Oc­to­ber 2001.

With the sales of lemons, grape­fruit, wal­nuts and jam at shops around the town, as well as do­na­tions, the team had raised over $10,000 by April last year.

But it has been the Christ­mas pe­riod that has seen a huge in­flux of funds.

25 years ago School fes­ti­val a success

Au­gust 2, 1988 A Toko­roa com­bined schools fes­ti­val held last Wed­nes­day was a tremen­dous success, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser and David Henry, pri­mary school prin­ci­pal Alan Bar­ris said the fes­ti­val was a great success and the an­nual event at­tracted about 800 par­ents and pupils.

Chil­dren from nine schools at­tended the event which was held last Wed­nes­day at the Tainui In­ter­me­di­ate School Hall, a shift from the Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Hall which had been the venue for many years be­fore.

The fes­ti­val fea­tured mass choir per­for­mances and also in­di­vid­ual school items.

Mr Bar­ris said there was also a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances in­clud­ing dance items and mu­si­cal ar­range­ments.

50 years ago Woman ap­pointed to Road Safety Coun­cil

April 10, 1963 Re­cently ap­pointed to the New Zealand Road Safety Coun­cil to rep­re­sent women’s in­ter­ests, Mrs Esme Tomble­son, MP for Gis­borne, is the only woman mem­ber of that body, but she can prob­a­bly claim as much prac­ti­cal mo­tor­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as, and pos­si­bly more than, most men mem­bers. Mrs Tomble­son’s home is on a sheep run 50 miles out of Gis­borne and she of­ten com­mutes be­tween it and the Na­tional Party of­fice in the city sev­eral times a week.

AL­MOST HOME: Dog Team mem­ber Dal­ton Poppe with the fundrais­ing dog.

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