Photo by James Beech.
St John area chaplain the Rev Reg Weeks, of Wanaka
(left), with senior order member Ian Rae, of Lake Hawea,
blessed the new $100,000 Toyota Land Cruiser ambulance for St
John Glenorchy on Friday.
Members of St John in the township, district and region
joined Sir Eion Edgar, Queenstown-based chairman of the
Central Lakes Trust, and supportive residents in bowing their
heads when the chaplain thanked God for the provision of the
4WD prototype and the ministry of care it will make possible.
''Watch over all who travel in it, the sick, the injured and
those who minister to them. May the dying be comforted and
the sick speedily recover health and strength and give thanks
for the care received,'' the chaplain said.
Central Lakes territory manager Kelvin Perriman, of
Queenstown, praised the three voluntary ambulance officers in
Glenorchy. He was delighted there was now ''a tremendous
vehicle to use in difficult country''.
It was not so long ago Glenorchy's first responders used a
shopping trolley to push their gear from medical rooms to
their private cars, he said.
Sir Eion said the trust looked upon applications from
Glenorchy, such as for the new ambulance, ''very favourably
because of the wonderful way the community looks after
''They get stuck in, raise money themselves, then ask for a
helping hand,'' he said.