Posted by David Hulme on Jul 05, 2019
The event was held to help raise funds for five Matamata College students – Ollie Morton-Farrelly, Te Aorere Wharawhara, Olivia Goodwin, Mollie Allison and Conor Goodwin – who have all been selected to represent New Zealand in various volleyball events around the globe this year.
 Under the hammer of the incomparable John Price, and the organisation of David Hulme, the auction was a big success, raising more than $4,500. Rotarians from Morrinsville, including 2019-2020 District Governor Peter Maxwell, and Te Aroha joined in to increase the fun and add competition to the bidding.
From planter boxes to hand-made native wood tables, baking and wine there was plenty on offer during Rotary Matamata’s club auction evening in June.
 Several of the big ticket items included a hand-crafted matai wood table made by Bryce Scott, two planter boxes made by Peter Vossen, weekend holiday home trips donated by Harry Russell and President David Gasquoine, a trailer-load of firewood donated by David Wheadon, and a painting donated by artist Zoe Clothier. Bryce has for many years lovingly made small items of furniture for the auction but says this year’s table will probably be his last as a recent house move means he no longer has a workshop. 
 Organiser David Hulme says the success of the event was that so many club members generously donated auction items and then bid on them strongly when they went under the hammer. “This is an example of how we can assist young people in our community with a fundraising project that does not take a huge amount of work to organise but can be very successful.”
 Rotary Matamata is focused on supporting the young people of Matamata and is always keen to assist them, on a case-by-case basis in fund-raising efforts for worthy causes.