St John pays tribute to Tukete Trust
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.’’