Save the Children branch is closing down after 44 years
The saying ‘all good things must come to an end’ rang true at the final gathering of the Te Awamutu subbranch of charity Save the Children.
After 44 years, the subbranch is closing.
The occasion was marked with a celebration at Fahrenheit Restaurant & Bar, attended by 36 branch members and supporters.
Guests were the past Waikato president, past and present area vice-presidents, the charity’s chief executive and three original members, Flora Bouma, Barbara Walter and Ann Perry, who still contribute today.
The gathering celebrated the work of the sub-branch and paid tribute to the four presidents.
Roger Peake began the sub-branch in 1973 and served as president for 14 years.
He developed the lucrative stock scheme which is his lasting legacy.
From 1987 Pam Grayston served as president, running a busy schedule and the selling centre of the charity’s shop goods from her home.
She supplied sellers, one being Joyce Brown in Ka¯ whia, and set up stalls at events.
Ten years later Robin Holdaway took the reins as president and brought varied fundraising ideas to the table.
She began the tradition of shared dinners following committee meetings.
In 2007 Alison Beamish stated as president, leading her committee through major national fundraising changes. These were challenging years in which Alison and five other committee members became widows.
The warm friendships and practical gifts from supporters were appreciated.
Save the Children New Zealand chief executive Heidi Coetzee says the closure of the branch will not stop the work of the charity.
The Te Awamutu subbranch committee thanked local residents for their friendship and support throughout the last 44 years.
Original Save The Children members from left: Flora Bouma, Barbara Walter, Alison Beamish, Robin Holdaway and Ann Perry.