St John 'humbled' by donors' generosity

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 23/07/2014
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CASH INJECTION: South Canterbury territory manager Darryn Grigsby, left, receives a cheque for $50,000 from Timaru South Rotary Charitable Trust chairman Gavin Craig, while Waitaki district operations manager Mike Kelly and Timaru South Rotary trustee Don George (not pictured) watch on.

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The South Canterbury community has helped St John with a cash injection.

St John Timaru now has the cash required to add a new yellow ambulances to its fleet.

After an article in The Herald earlier this month, the organisation received donations from community groups and anonymous donors, making up the $7000 shortfall. This added to the more than $11,000 which was raised by the community for the Timaru branch of St John during its annual appeal.

Waitaki District operations manager Mike Kelly said it was a wonderful community response.

"We're very excited, very lucky, very humbled. It will give [St John Timaru] the ability to assist more in the community."

One of the donations included from a young boy who was helped by the ambulance service after his arm went through a glass door.

He saved up his pocket money and gave it to St John Timaru. It was put toward the ambulance fund.

Timaru area committee secretary Helen Page said it also received donations from people who simply walked into the Timaru office and wanted to contribute toward the new ambulance.

St John Timaru also has a legacy fund that went toward the $168,000 needed for the yellow ambulance. The new vehicles are more visible and have been in fewer crashes.

Timaru South Rotary Charitable Trust made a donation of $50,000. Trust chairman Gavin Craig said the trust had been making donations to medical-related charities as of late, and this project "fitted the bill".

He described it as money raised over the years by people in South Canterbury, going back to assist people in South Canterbury.

Timaru's new yellow ambulance will join the fleet in January.

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- The Timaru Herald

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