Over 30 volunteer organisations from within the Matamata-Piako district were honoured by Mayor Jan Barnes at the volunteer evening, held at Kaimai Cheese Factory in Waharoa on June 21, 2018.
Some of the volunteer groups included Citizens Advice Bureau Te Aroha, Keep Te Aroha Beautiful, Morrinsville Kiwanis, Morrinsville Stoke
Club and Tahuna Lions. (Matamata volunteer groups included Matamata Rotary, Matamata Playcentre, and Matamata Household Budget Advisory Service). This is an event always enjoyed by Mayor Jan who said she appreciates all the hard work the many volunteer groups around the district do to keep Matamata-Piako looking its very best and its people supported. “Our volunteers and the groups they are involved with bind our community together and make our district a great place to live,” said Mayor Jan.
“Volunteers deliver critical services — from saving lives and fighting fires, to organising community events and tidying gardens for all to enjoy. “Volunteers are, in my opinion, one of the most important resource a community can have.”
The Matamata-Piako Volunteer Youth Ambassador chair Patrick Roskam was this year’s guest speaker. The year 13 student from Matamata College is the founder of the Gudgeon Pro, which earned him the 2014 Fieldays Young Inventor of the Year. His speech
focused on how he balances a busy school and business schedule around his various volunteer roles.
The next annual volunteer celebration will be held in 2019.