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Reno for Pohlen

Hammering home a major ‘Reno for Pohlen’

With a Pohlen Hospital extension currently in the planning that will provide a further 13 beds, a need to expand the space occupied by Matamata Medical Centre and a strong focus on a long and successful future for our largest community owned asset, exciting developments are underway that will significantly help with funding the improvements!

Absolutely passionate about Pohlen Hospital and its future, Gilly Alexander, the Fundraising Manager of Pohlen Foundation, and her husband Ross have provided an opportunity that has created a buzz amongst local tradies, businesses and the community.

Having recently sold their farm, the Alexander’s purchased a property with the intention of helping their daughter. As it happened however, circumstances changed quickly and the house was no longer required. The couple could have sold it on the open market and been subject to Brightline test legislation – or, with any short term capital gains going to a charitable trust, be in a position to keep proceeds within the community they love. As far as Gilly and Ross were concerned, it was a no brainer!

“After discussion with Pohlen Foundation board members, we agreed on a fair and reasonable value of the house in it’s current state” says Ross, “and that is the price they will buy it at.” The twist however, is that by getting the community on board and completely refurbishing everything – literally including the kitchen sink, the Foundation stands to make considerable profit from the sale which has been scheduled towards the end of this year.

At an open meeting held by Pohlen Foundation Trust, expressions of interest were invited to completely make over the two storied, four bedroom home from the ground up where all upgrades, fittings and fixtures including bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, landscaping, painting and decorating will be offered ‘in kind’.

“We, the Pohlen Foundation, have already been absolutely overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness from all sectors” says Gilly. “The fact that various companies and tradespeople have collectively agreed to work alongside each other for the good of the cause truly shows what fantastic community spirit there is when it comes to the future and welfare of Pohlen Hospital.”

Although regular updates and progress reports will follow, anyone interested in becoming involved is welcome to email [email protected]. Whether it’s “purchasing” a square metre of flooring or contributing to removal of a shed for example, all enquires or donations will be hugely appreciated. It’s a ‘Reno for Pohlen’ and the entire community is invited to share the journey to completion! n

Quiz Night a Success

Big thanks to all the quizzers you came along on Thursday 8th July to Redoubt Bar & Eatery Matamata to support our event.
It was a huge success with $4,200 raised for Pohlen Hospital. Congratulations to The The for winning closely followed by Board-Um Busters and The Silkies.
As always our community made the night a success with amazing donations Comag Ltd
Star Food Cafe & Restaurant
Summit Mortgages
Matamata Veterinary Services –
Horse and Jockey Inn
Matamata Caci Challenge Matamata
30 Seconds
MTF Matamata
Imatec Solutions
Te Waihou Riverside Retreat
Mead Auto Trimmers & Upholstery…
Big thanks The Redoubt Bar & Eatery Matamata for hosting us and providing such awesome nibbles! And massive thanks to
Louise Trower
Hayden Wright
Kyra and Ross Alexander for all the help
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Having recently sold their Matamata home, Lady Margaret Spring and her husband Sir Dryden have made the decision to head for the Bay and enjoy their next chapter in life under the sun. With just a week left before the tears start flowing and the truck pulls away, it...

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