There are many ways you can donate to Methven Care Trust. Pete and Maryanne Hayward didn’t want attention for their efforts, but we wanted to tell their story.
Last year the Methven couple provided a paddock just outside Methven for the trust’s cropping activities. With inputs including labour supplied by Colin and Jocelyn Lill, a crop of barley was sown, cultivated and sold for a tidy profit of just over $24,000. The Haywards were reluctant to go public about their involvement.
“I didn’t do this to talk about it,” says Pete. But when pressed, he admits it’s a good feeling to help a community cause. “It was well worth it. We didn’t miss the paddock. It was only out for one year.” The Hayward’s paddock was old pasture beforehand so the time out has set it up well for future options. “There were definitely some advantages for us. We’ve been able to donate something to the cause without having to think about it too much.”
Maryanne says the couple are fully behind the rebuild project for a new aged care facility for Methven.
“It’s absolutely imperative that we have something like this in the future. We definitely support it.” She hopes other landowners and farmers will also consider donating either cropping or grazing land for a period of time to support the trust.
“This has been relatively painless for us. It’s something we could do to contribute in a small way to the future of Methven.”
Other fundraising streams underway for Methven Care Trust include the sale of pea straw and baleage. Delivery for pea straw within the immediate Methven vicinity is $5 per bale. Both can be purchased by contacting our Fundraising Co-ordinator. See contacts at below.
Meanwhile personal donations keep rolling in. The trust’s residential flier distributed to Methven households two months ago has resulted in close to $20,000 in total being donated. At BNZ Methven, the ladies report anonymous donations turning up via electronic banking and coffee cup money boxes arriving over the counter. It doesn’t matter how big or small the donation, Methven Care Trust appreciates all of the support we receive. Every donation adds up, no matter the size.
The next meeting of the trustees of Methven Care Trust will take place 21st June.
Please contact our Fundraising Co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel on email@example.com or 021 274 6657 if you have fundraising ideas or suggestions for the trust.