Wheels in Wan­ganui do­na­tion

Wanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By PAUL BROOKS

Wheels in Wan­ganui was a huge mo­tor show staged at the race­course by An­gela and An­dre Teal, their fam­ily and friends.

This year’s was the sec­ond such event they have or­gan­ised.

With the help of spon­sors and busi­nesses with big hearts, Wheels in Wan­ganui was a huge suc­cess.

“We had 88 ve­hi­cles, or things with wheels,” says An­gela.

In two years’ time, says An­gela, they’ll do it again.

“We don’t want the com­mu­nity to get bored with it, es­pe­cially in a place like this with so much go­ing on,” adds An­dre.

The Or­der of St John is the cho­sen ben­e­fi­ciary of Wheels in Wan­ganui and, last Tues­day, An­gela and An­dre´ de­liv­ered the pro­ceeds to the am­bu­lance sta­tion in Tawa St.

Re­ceiv­ing it were Area Chair­man and chap­lain, Fa­ther John Roberts, and the Ter­ri­tory Man­ager for Whanganui, Jamie But­ler.

They were given a cheque for more than $4200.

“What we’re go­ing to use it for is a new AED,” says Fr John, “A de­fib­ril­la­tor.”

“We’ll use it as a back-up in our am­bu­lances,” says Jamie. “This [money] will cover the ex­pense of the ma­chine. We’ll be able to just go out and buy it.

“That’s bril­liant. It re­ally helps us out as these machines get out­dated re­ally quickly and we have to keep turn­ing them over.” Last year’s Wheels in Wan­ganui pro­ceeds — al­most $3000 — went to­wards poly­car­bon­ate safety vi­sors.

“All of­fi­cers in our front line am­bu­lances have ac­cess to them,” says Jamie.

An­gela and An­dre hope they can do even bet­ter next time and would like to thank their more than 30 spon­sors, es­pe­cially Wat­son Earth­works, their pri­mary spon­sor.

“We couldn’t have done it with­out them,” says An­gela.

The whole event was or­gan­ised and run by 24 vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing An­gela and An­dre.

“We had such won­der­ful sup­port,” says An­gela.

“The com­mu­nity, to come out on such a blis­ter­ing, hot day. Roughly 4000 peo­ple came through the gates but we stopped col­lect­ing gate money at about 1.30pm.”

DO­NA­TION: With the cheque for the Or­der of St John in Whanganui are (from left) Fr John Roberts, An­gela Teal, Jamie But­ler and An­dre Teal.

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