Am­bu­lances to get new life­sav­ing kit

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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