Re­ward for heroic ef­forts

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Pu­taruru St Johns’ heroic ef­forts of a year ago have been re­warded again.

The unit was re­cently do­nated $1000 in thanks for their ef­forts in help­ing to res­cue Toko­roa sis­ters Jade and Re­nee Beale and their friend Ari­anna Ash­worth af­ter the trio’s ve­hi­cle was hit by a pass­ing mo­torist who was tex­ting while driv­ing.

‘‘Our cousin Sian Von­der­voort en­tered a Girl­friend mag­a­zine com­pe­ti­tion a few months ago and it was based on cam­paign­ing about some­thing you are passionate about. She had to de­sign a cam­paign idea; she used our story and the mes­sage tex­ting and driv­ing isn’t safe and made a poster,’’ Jade said.

‘‘ She was able to win $1000 for her­self and $1000 to go to a char­ity of her choice. Read­ers had to vote on which cam­paign they felt was wor­thy of the $1000.’’

Jade said her cousin wanted to as­sist the cam­paign and sup­port the emer­gency ser­vices.

‘‘Be­cause of the amaz­ing work they do she do­nated that $1000 to St John, ask­ing us to present it to them on be­half of our cam­paign.

‘‘We went over to the Pu­taruru St John as the am­bu­lance of­fi­cer first to our scene was from [there]. They are fundrais­ing for a new build­ing so we thought the money would help with that,’’ Jade said.

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