Helen Clark Fundraises For Waihi Beach Medical Trust

Posted by Gold FM on 07/08/2012

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Former Prime Minister Helen Clark shared a meal and her experiences with 160 paying guests at the Waihi Beach Memorial RSA last night.

She was the keynote speaker for a Katikati Rotary Club charity dinner.

She's also the new patron of the Athenree Homestead after accepting an invitation from the Athenree Homestead Trust.

Ms Clark served as the Prime Mininster of New Zealand from 1999 and resigned from the position when her government was defeated in the 2008 election.

She became the first woman to lead the United Nations Development Programme in 2009 and is also Chair of the United Nations Development Group.

Born at Te Pahu in 1950 Helen has visited Waihi Beach a number of times since her parents retired there. She returned to New Zealand last year to be at her mother's bedside when she passed away on the 17th of August last year and attended the funeral in Waihi.

Helen's taking a break from her high powered job for three weeks and returned home to New Zealand on Sunday to spend time with her 90-year-old father George.

She has agreed to eight public engagements while she's here and spoke to the audience at the Beach RSA about her United Nations position.

Tickets to hear Helen Clark cost $65, included a meal and all the funds raised from last night's dinner will go to the Waihi Beach Medical Trust.