St John needs your help

    St John Invercargill area chairman Philip Fraser and area executive officer Debbie McCallum with donation envelopes which have been sent out to Southland residents this month. Photo: Corrina Jane Photography

    SOUTHLANDERS are being given the chance to give back to St John with an ambulance-themed donation drive.

    As part of St John’s campaign to raise funds for a new purpose-built hub, Southland residents will receive a donation envelope that also includes a message card for donors to write a personal message to Invercargill ambulance staff.

    Private donations and community grants have already contributed $1.5 million towards the $2.2m project and the organisation is now embarking on a six-month campaign to raise the $700,000 still required to complete the project.

    The new hub will provide a purpose-built building to house all of the core St John emergency and community services, reducing its operating costs and ensuring efficient delivery of life-saving care.

    The new base will provide a single-storey building with open-plan offices and rooms dedicated to training and meetings and rest rooms for overnight staff and garage space for seven vehicles.

    St John Southern area territory manager Robin Eustace said the organisation had long outgrown its current station base.

    “The key thing is we will get a purpose-built functional building to meet the needs for the future moving forward,” Mr Eustace said.

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