Save the Chil­dren branch is clos­ing down af­ter 44 years

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.

Photo / Bethany Rol­ston

Orig­i­nal Save The Chil­dren mem­bers from left: Flora Bouma, Bar­bara Wal­ter, Ali­son Beamish, Robin Hold­away and Ann Perry.

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