Nina’s fundrais­ing keeps adding to the com­mu­nity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

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.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Ed­i­tor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane.ni­chols@news.com.au

Picture: SCOTT TIB­BALLS

Nina King of Shakes Ge­lati Bar and Ian Day of Port Dou­glas Am­bu­lance

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