Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Starlight Fundraiser Lunch

Staff members of Online Republic’s Auckland office’s organised another lunch to raise funds for much needed supplies for our hard-working St Johns ambulance ‘Number 93’. The staff members brought in an array of dishes lovingly made including the likes of - paneer kebabs, roasted veggie salad, French crepes, ham & cheese croissants, matcha & white chocolate cookies as well as piping hot lasagna. There were also the smoothie girls from our Queens Arcade office who kindly brought in their blenders to make fresh berry smoothies, and chocolate milkshakes to help raise funds.

Staff lined up and generously donated to receive a plate of these gastronomic delights.

It was wonderful to welcome three of the St Johns staff along to this event. Meeting one of the drivers and hearing some of her stories about patients who she has helped was a real eye-opener to how hard and long these ambulance drivers work around the clock. I know many of us left the event with a lot of extra respect for these St Johns staff what they do our community.

All up, we raised $835.00 from the lunch. After company and shareholder contributions we were up to $8525.00. This is an incredible amount to donate to St John enabling them to purchase some much-needed equipment. This is an amazing effort all round from everyone who cooked, baked, ate and donated as well as a massive thank you to the St Johns staff who were able to make it along on the day and chat with us.  

There is something extra special about these fundraiser events. It’s always such a delight to see how involved staff members get and the generosity that flows. We look forward to hosting another Starlight Fundraiser later in the year. 

By Charlotte Lightbody, March 2016.

St John's report on Ambulance Vehicle Number 93 noted that from 1 July to 1 March 2016 this vehicle responded to 2,263 incidents transporting 1,457 of these to a treatment centre. The ambulance staff attended to 467 acute admission incidents, 265 breathing problems, 207 chest pain incidents, 105 traffic accidents, 51 cardiac arrests, 11 choking incidents, 207 chest pain, 121 falls and many more incidents assisting those in need.

We are proud to stand by St John and help our communities.

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