St John pays trib­ute to Tukete Trust

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

St John Kaiko¯ura have of­fi­cially recog­nised the ded­i­ca­tion of one of its big­gest lo­cal sup­port­ers, the Tukete Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

St John Kaiko¯ura sta­tion man­ager Don Wright and area chair­man Mark His­lop thanked the trust for its on­go­ing sup­port, and pre­sented a spe­cial award ear­lier this month, a Pri­or­ity Vote of Thanks.

Wright said the award rep­re­sented a vote of thanks by the Prior of St John, Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Dame Patsy Reddy, on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Pri­or­ity Chap­ter, the high­est gov­ern­ing board of St John.

‘‘It is given for con­spic­u­ous and ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion for ser­vices to the work of St John and that is what you have given to us,’’ he said.

His­lop said the award was not given out very of­ten. The Tukete Char­i­ta­ble Trust had helped St John Kaiko¯ura for many years, and this ‘‘spe­cial award’’ was to recog­nise that sup­port.

‘‘Even af­ter the earth­quake you have still been com­mit­ted to help, even though the busi­ness suf­fered.

‘‘We are re­ally grate­ful for that. You re­ally have been gen­er­ous and it means a lot to us.’’

Found­ing trus­tee Teri Sonal agreed the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion had been tight af­ter the earth­quake and the busi­ness had to cut back, but their heart re­mained with St John.

Tukete Char­i­ta­ble Trust, for­merly known as the Kaiko¯ura Char­i­ta­ble Trust, had pro­vided equip­ment and fund­ing for an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer for 16 hours a week since 2013, and helped pro­vide round-the-clock emer­gency med­i­cal cover in Kaiko¯ura.

Wright said St John had strug­gled to find enough vol­un­teers since the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake last Novem­ber.

‘‘Fund­ing from the trust bridges the gaps we have find­ing vol­un­teers.

‘‘It’s an on­go­ing bat­tle - we had 25 vol­un­teers, now have 17.’’

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