RCNZ gifts auc­tion yield to St John

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Camp­bell Th­waites

St John in Taranaki has re­ceived a ma­jor fi­nan­cial boost of al­most $30,000, thanks to ru­ral con­trac­tors.

The Ru­ral Con­trac­tors New Zealand (RCNZ) an­nual con­fer­ence, held in New Ply­mouth last week, runs a char­ity auc­tion and this year the pro­ceeds were des­tined for Taranaki St John.

Cen­tral re­gion chair Doug Ashby was de­lighted with the do­na­tion and thanked the or­gan­i­sa­tion for its gen­eros­ity. He said the $28,400 would be put to good use and would al­low St John to ex­pand its ser­vice base in the re­gion.

RCNZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger Par­ton said spon­sors pro­vide gifts for the auc­tion and all the money raised was do­nated lo­cally.

‘‘We had a good haul of prod­ucts put up by spon­sors in­clud­ing a trac­tor, GPS unit, weigh­ing scales, spray, oil, fuel and nu­mer­ous model trac­tors and ma­chin­ery with our mem­bers dig­ging deep to ben­e­fit St John.’’

Mr Par­ton said the sum raised was a record haul and topped the $24,000 raised in Cromwell last year.

‘‘This sum will be now do­nated to St John in Taranaki to help them con­tinue on with all the fan­tas­tic work they do for the com­mu­nity in the re­gion.’’

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