Nina’s fundraising keeps adding to the community
WHEN Dave King passed away last year, the Port Douglas community and its visitors dug deep to give in his memory.
Nina King, who owns and runs Shakes Gelati Bar on Macrossan St, began raising money in memory of her late husband and out of gratitude to the Queensland Ambulance Service and what its officers did to help Dave.
Over the past three months, more than $7000 has been funnelled into the Port Douglas Local Ambulance Committee through tins at Shakes Gelati Bar – so much that the original motivation of purchasing a portable pulse oximetre has long since been achieved, and now an automated external defibrillator (AED) has also been purchased and is available for public use in case of an emergency at Shakes Gelati Bar.
“My customers are too good,” said Ms King, who said visitors to Port Douglas hadn’t stopped donating.
Ms King hasn’t stopped there though, she’s continued to raise money for the LAC, with money donated at Shakes now contributing to care bags that are given to young children by paramedics.
“We’re still collecting money and we want it to go to a good cause,” she said.
Officer in charge of the Port Douglas Station Ian Day explained that the bags were invaluable.
“The care bags are given to kids when parents or family friends are involved in an emergency or an accident to distract them a little bit, or if the kids are patients themselves.
“We’ll give it to them and it eases their anxiety and their fear of being hurt, injured or sick,” he said.
The bags include a bear for the children to cuddle, colouring books, bubbles and balloons.
Money raised at Shakes goes towards purchasing colouring books for the bags.
Ms King said there were no signs that the donations were stopping.
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Nina King of Shakes Gelati Bar and Ian Day of Port Douglas Ambulance