Ambulances to get new lifesaving kit
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories on St John fundraising efforts, teachers’ strikes and increasing numbers of hepatitis. 10 years ago St John benefits from fundraising effort March 21, 2001 A massive four-month fundraising effort to purchase a piece of lifesaving equipment for the Tokoroa Order of St John has far exceeded the expectations or organisers.
Every ambulance in the South Waikato will soon contain a lifepak 12 defibrillator – a self contained piece of equipment that can take automatic blood pressures, measure oxygen levels and pulse rates and treat people who go into cardiac arrest.
Project convener Peter Knox said the Tokoroa Host Lions Club launched the fundraising campaign at the end of November, raising over $10,000 in the first two weeks.
Joining with three other Tokoroa Lions Clubs, they quickly raised the $17,500 needed to purchase the Lifepak 12 with the Order of St John meeting the other half of the $35,000 price. 25 years ago Teachers call one-day strike February 13, 1986 South Waikato secondary school teachers have called for strike action to be taken next Thursday over their stalled pay claim.
Spokesman for the Post Primary Teachers’ Association at Tokoroa, John Grant, said the 135 teachers attending a stop-work meeting at Tokoroa this morning voted overwhelmingly for a one-day strike next Thursday.
He said the teachers had ‘‘beefed up’’ the association executive’s call for a one-day strike by naming a specific day and giving the government one week to accept the pay package.
‘‘Our anger is directed at the government’s failure to honour a properly negotiated settlement,’’ Mr Grant said. 50 years ago Hepatitis in Tokoroa still increasing November 2, 1961 The incidence of hepatitis, not only in Tokoroa but throughout New Zealand, was still increasing, the town health inspector, Mr W I McNichollas, said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Tokoroa Town Committee.
In the past month there had been 12 cases of the disease notified in Tokoroa, with the total for the Matamata County being 14.
In the nine months ended to September 30 of this year, the number of cases in Tokoroa had totalled 92 compared with 14 for the same period last year, he said.
RAISING MONEY: Peter Knox tests out the new lifepak 12 defibrillator.