Cash needed by life­sav­ing char­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

St John is a char­ity and it needs your help to con­tinue to save lives.

It is a vi­tal and ex­pen­sive busi­ness sav­ing lives and car­ing for the health and well­be­ing of New Zealan­ders.

Last year St John am­bu­lance ser­vices had a short­fall of $14 mil­lion and this year that fig­ure is ex­pected to grow.

St John re­lies on the good­will of New Zealan­ders to make up the dif­fer­ence. Last year St John at­tended 336,943 emer­gency in­ci­dents and treated and trans­ported 395,731 pa­tients.

St John pro­vides emer­gency am­bu­lance ser­vices for nearly 90 per cent of New Zealan­ders and to 97 per cent of New Zealand’s ge­o­graph­i­cal area.

As one of New Zealand’s largest and much-loved char­i­ties, St John is com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the health and well­be­ing of all New Zealan­ders.

Today St John am­bu­lances re­spond to nearly 1000 calls for help from through­out New Zealand ev­ery day. That is nearly twice as many calls as they an­swered 20 years ago.

Its am­bu­lance ser­vices of­fer vi­tal sup­port in emer­gency and med­i­cal sit­u­a­tions, and St John com­mu­nity pro­grammes touch the lives of or­di­nary New Zealan­ders ev­ery day.

St John com­mu­nity pro­grammes sup­port com­mu­ni­ties through­out New Zealand in many ways and across all ages:

Car­ing Caller is a tele­phone friend­ship ser­vice that sup­ports iso­lated peo­ple.

Friends of the Emer­gency Depart­ment vol­un­teers pro­vide com­fort to pa­tients in hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments.

St John Health Shut­tles trans­port peo­ple to and from med­i­cal and hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments.

St John med­i­cal alarms of­fer dence for peo­ple on their own.

St John Youth de­liv­ers a fun in­ter­ac­tive

in­de­pen- pro­gramme for chil­dren and young peo­ple aged 6 to 18.

St John Events pro­vide first aid at com­mu­nity events.

This year’s St John Ap­peal fo­cuses on rais­ing funds so St John can con­tinue to pro­vide its range of emer­gency ser­vices and com­mu­nity pro­grammes.

By mak­ing a do­na­tion in this year’s St John Ap­peal (June 18 to 24) you can help St John con­tinue to pro­vide life-sav­ing emer­gency ser­vices 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and pro­vide first aid, car­ing ser­vices and com­mu­nity pro­grammes.

Ev­ery do­na­tion makes a dif­fer­ence and money do­nated dur­ing the 2012 St John Ap­peal will fund vi­tal St John ser­vices and com­mu­nity pro­grammes in com­mu­ni­ties through­out New Zealand.

Call 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646), do­nate on­line at stjohnap­peal.org.nz or visit any ASB branch to make a do­na­tion and sup­port St John.

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