Special rose to mark 125 years’ NZ service
This year is important for St John as staff celebrate 125 years of service in New Zealand.
In recognition of the milestone they have commissioned a special St John rose.
Staff have chosen to acknowledge the work of the St John Eye Hospital Group with the proceeds from the sale of the rose.
Money from the sale of each rose will go towards the sponsorship of a nurse working in the Eye Hospital Theatre team.
A number of the special Luminis roses will be released for sale and 125 roses will be presented to a select group of 125 New Zealanders.
For its ongoing support, South Waikato District Council was gifted a rose, which was planted in a garden in front of the council chambers last week.
Mayor Neil Sinclair recognised the significance of St John in the community.
‘‘We are fortunate in the South Waikato to have fantastic volunteers who are committed to St John and the valuable service the organisation provides,’’ Mayor Neil Sinclair said.
‘‘In an emergency, be it large or small, minor or serious, we all expect St John to be there to help . . . and they always are. I would like to congratulate everyone on their efforts.’’
LOVELY LUMINIS: St John Tokoroa operations team manager John Semmens helped South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sinclair plant a Luminis rose which St John commissioned to commemorate its 125 years’ service in New Zealand.