Spe­cial rose to mark 125 years’ NZ ser­vice

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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