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Sue van den Heuvel - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Young Farmers 'BARK UP' donation

Sue van den Heuvel - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Methven Young Farmers hosted the 'Bark up at the Blue' event, on Saturday 19th May.

45 entries were vying for 'Best Farm Dog, Best Dressed, Best U13'.  Bryce Yorke, a Shepherd from Banks Peninsula took out the biggest prize for 'Best Farm Dog'.

Kelsie Laing said, "the Bark Up committee made up of Lucy Dynes, Brooke Dickey, Ezekiel Turner, Billy Dowle and myself, were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses, who sponsored us with an amazing range of prizes.  We decided to donate money to Methven Care Trust as we wanted to give back to our community and support the hard work of their team".

This was the first time the 'Bark Up' event had been held in Methven, and based on how successful it was, and the awesome feedback they received, Kelsie said, "we will definitely be looking at running another Bark up in the future".

Kelsie Laing is pictured (below) presenting a cheque to the value of $200.00 to Joanna Suyker, Methven Care Trust Chairperson.

Methven Young Farmers organising committee, Lucy Dynes, Billy Dowle, Brooke Dickey, Ezekiel Turner and Kelsie Laing are pictured above with Shepherd Bryce York from Banks Peninsula, who took home the coveted prize of 'Best Farm Dog'.

HYUNDAI WIN A CAR Winner announced

Sue van den Heuvel - Thursday, May 31, 2018

Congratulations to Brent Anderson from Methven, lucky ticket winner of the 2018 HYUNDAI Accent 1.6, RRP $24,990.00.

Brents ticket was one of a total of 400 sold as a fundraising venture we partnered in conjunction with Hyundai & Isuzu Mid/South Canterbury.

Joanna Suyker, MCT Chairperson said "we are thrilled that the car has been won by a local within our district, our community is so supportive of our campaign, so it is just so nice to see someone from the immediate district benefit in return".  She also acknowledged, "working with Greg and the crew from Hyundai has been an absolute pleasure, we were just overwhelmed that they would join with us and believe in our cause by agreeing to support this unique fundaiser".

A huge thank you must also go to a special number of individuals who made it their crusade to sell tickets through their business and personal contacts.  Also, our four amazing enthusiastic retailers here in Methven, Hammer Hardware, Primo-E-Secundo Café, FarmSource and Ruralco.  We just couldn't have gained the sales momentum of tickets without having accessible ticket locations.  In return, we shouted them all morning tea to say thanks (see photos below).

Brent Anderson (above) lucky winner of the car, and (below) being presented keys by Joanna Suyker (MCT Chairperson) and Greg Kennedy (Hyundai & Isuzu Mid/South Canterbury)

Retailers from FarmSource Methven (above) and Hammer Hardware receiving morning tea from Joanna Suyker.

Primo-E-Secundo crew (above) and Ruralco Methven staff (below) were also retailers who we thanked.

Methven Lions donate from golf tournament proceeds

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, May 07, 2018

It is no secret here in Methven that we have a very dedicated and hard working Lions Club within our community.

So last week we were so thankful to once again be a benefactor of the Methven Lions annual golf tournament fundraiser, resulting in a cheque being donated to our Chairperson Joanna Suyker, to the value of $7,000.00.

In accepting the cheque, Joanna said "our fundraising cause is for the community, we can't do it without community support, and the Methven Lions are such an integral part of our community.  We (MCT) have in the past received substantial donations from your club, and we thank you once again for your support, not only on behalf of the Trust, but our Methven community."

Joanna is pictured below receiving the cheque from Bruce Sim, Methven Lions Club President.  (Photo credit Lynley Pluck)

Trust funds hit $1million mark

Sue van den Heuvel - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

After surpassing the $1million mark, the fundraising team behind Methven Care Trust is feeling more confident about its goal of rebuilding the town's community-run resthome.

Three significant, anonymous donations of $200,000, $100,000 and $100,000 in the first quarter of this year saw funds raised to date increase to just over $1million.  Another close to $20,000 should arrive next month from the trust's raffle of a Hyundai car, Methven Care Trust chairwoman Joanna Suyker says.

"The trust has worked tirelessly to reach this point and we'd like to pause and thank our supporters and the wider Methven community for getting us here.  It's no small feat raising $1million in this economic climate and we've been told the first million dollars is the hardest.  We especially would like to thank the three anonymous donors who contributed significant amounts this year.  It's a real show of faith in our project and we're very grateful for this boost."

Methven Care Trust is a fundraising group set up by the Methven Aged Persons Welfare Association (MAPWAI) to raise funds for, and oversee, the building of a new aged care facility for Methven.  Trustees have been drawn from the Methven and foothills community and work alongside Methven Care Trust fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel to deliver fundraising initiatives hand-in-hand with the community.  The trust's goal is to replace the existing community-run resthome Methven House within the next few years.  The estimated cost is $5.5million.

There is an urgent need to replace Methven House as the building is rapidly reaching the end of its useable life, says Joanna Suyker.

"Methven House has served us well for 40 years but it certainly won't last another 40.  It's vital we attract sufficient funds so we can get on with building a new facility that will care for the elderly in our district," she says.

Recent fundraising activity includes a raffle for a Hyundai car which will be drawn late May.  With only 400 tickets on sale at $100 each, punters across Ashburton District have embraced the opportunity to win a car at such good odds, says Joanna Suyker.

The raffle was launched at the Methven A&P show last month and tickets can be purchased from Primo-E-Secundo Café, Hammer Hardware, FarmSource and RuralCo in Methven.

Other funds this year have come frm the Landrover 70th anniversary celebrations, leasing of land for farming activities and a lily fundraiser initiated by Sue Duff's childcare operation.  More fundraising ventures are being sought from the community.

Methven Care Trust will build the new aged care facility on gifted land in the town's Camrose Estate.  More details are available via the fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel on admin@methvencaretrust.co.nz, the trust's Givealittle page or via the website.

Pictured (left to right):  Janine Holland (trustee), Joanna Suyker (Chairperson), Sue van den Heuvel ready to update the fundraising signage in the Methven Mall

Sir Graeme Harrison joins Methven Care Trust

Sue van den Heuvel - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sir Graeme Harrison has been confirmed to join Methven Care Trust as a Trustee.  Joanna Suyker, MCT Chairperson, said “we are delighted that Sir Graeme has accepted our invitation to join the trust, having someone of this calibre join our team just shows the support that Methven Care Trust has in our community”.

Born in Methven, Graeme returned as a resident in 2010 with his wife Barbara after an absence of 45 years.  In the intervening years he went to university in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, spent 13 years based overseas, founded one of New Zealand’s leading export businesses and represented the country and his business on numerous trade missions and in international forums.

Graeme was the inaugural Chairman of the New Zealand International Business Forum for 8 years, served on national bodies such as the New Zealand-China Council, and has a number of current involvements with Lincoln University.  He has long been associated with the New Zealand meat industry and has held company governance roles for extended periods in seafood and dairy.

Graeme has been honoured by the Governments of New Zealand (2011) and Japan (2015).  In 2010 he was named Federated Farmers Agribusiness person of the year and in 2016 he received the Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Leadership Award.

Graeme’s parents, Kath and Tom Harrison, were residents of Methven House.

Along with Chairperson Joanna Suyker, Graeme joins existing Trustee’s Janine Holland, Jan Anderson, Colin Lill and Roger Henderson. 

Childcare @ Sue's - fundraising with the kids

Sue van den Heuvel - Monday, February 12, 2018

WOW - check out these awesome photo's of Sue Duff and some of her children from 'Childcare @ Sue's'.

Sue and her kids planted, nurtured and then sold over a hundred bunches of lillies over the Christmas and holiday season to fundraise for Methven Care Trust - what a bunch they are!! ha

Jo Suyker, our Methven Care Trust Chairperson, was invited to join Sue and her kids in their 'Secret Garden' here in Methven to be presented with a cheque to the value of $1,000.00.  Sue was so proud of her children's efforts that she rewarded them with a big slice of chocolate cake for afternoon tea following the presentation - happy smiles all round.

Another successful Czech Cookie Fundraiser

Sue van den Heuvel - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Baking, packaging and distributing 317 boxes of festive cookies all for our fundraising cause, now that's an example of true community Christmas spirit!  That's exactly what, for the second year in a row, a group of enthusiastic Czech Republic friends undertook again to show their support of Methven Care Trust.

Vendy Snajdrova is the driver of this unique idea and co-ordinated sourcing supplies and friends.  Thanks to the Methven Heritage Centre for allowing the use of kitchen facilities for the team to bake away!

Jo Suyker, MCT Chairperson, was thrilled to meet with some of the Czech cookie baking crew to accept their donation cheque of a whopping $3,170.00.

Pictured below, (left to right):  Vendy Snajdrova, Joanna Suyker (MCT Chairperson), Jan Lukasek, Bara Cucvarova.

 

High Country Fete

Sue van den Heuvel - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanks to Methven High Country Fete organisers for a donation of $1600.00 resulting from our team assisting with car parking and gate sales at the Methven High Country Fete on Wednesday 22nd November at the Methven Racecourse.

Denise Dixey, co-organiser of the fete said "as our fete grows, so does our ability to assist local organisations through donations or complimentary stalls at the fete.  Methven Care Trust help us on the day by manning the gate and car park, so the majority of our donation goes to their fundraising efforts for the new Methven House."

Jo Suyker, MCT Chairperson, said "thank you on behalf of the trust, we are grateful for the opportunity to fundraise in this way and receive such a generous donation.  The fete is a great event for the local community and our team has a lot of fun on the day."

Pictured below: (left to right) Julie Clements, Jo Suyker, Denise Dixey.

2017 Methven Rodeo benefits Trust

Sue van den Heuvel - Friday, September 29, 2017

Methven Care Trust is thrilled to be benefiting from the 2017 Methven Rodeo, to be held at Labour weekend, Sunday 22nd October at the Methven A & P showgrounds.

"The Methven Rodeo committee are again very supportive of our local fundraising cause and approached us earlier in the year to confirm that they would once again be making a substantial donation, I was very happy to meet with them earlier this week to receive the cheque", said Jo Suyker, MCT Chairperson.

Pictured above left to right are Methven Rodeo committee members Richard Mee, Steve Sauer (President), Jo Suyker (MCT Chairperson) and Hugh Weir.

 


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