St Valentine's Day bouquet deliverers (from left) ASB senior customer service supervisor Jillian Burhenne and ASB business manager Joel Peasey with In the Pink staff member Natasha Ellis, plus St John Queenstown ambulance officers Jodie Burton and Sue Tait are ready to hit the road to order to help raise funds for the charitable emergency service. Photo by James Beech.
St John Queenstown is ready to play Cupid and make St
Valentine's Day extra memorable for loved ones around the
Wakatipu, with an ambulance of volunteers set to deliver
bouquets to order.
Ambulance officers, more used to re-starting hearts, will
instead set hearts aflutter when they and staff from sponsors
ASB take flowers to the doorsteps of homes and workplaces on
Residents are invited to order flowers from In the Pink, on
Camp St, and pay $10 for the bouquet to be delivered by
The usual delivery fee will be put towards covering operating
costs for St John Queenstown, ''so the funds go straight back
into the community'', area executive officer Jessica Patch
The organisation is partly government funded. The full cost
of a single ambulance call-out is $769.
St John will maintain its front-line service to respond to
emergencies at all times during the St Valentine's Day
deliveries, Miss Patch said.
In the Pink owner Victoria Lund said St John approached her
to participate in the romantic tradition for the first time
this year and it was a privilege to help the charity.