Wheels in Wanganui donation
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 It really helps us out as these machines get outdated really quickly and we have to keep turning them over.”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.