St John Queenstown ambulance officer Alex Taylor prepares his latest delivery of Valentine's Day bouquets and gifts from In the Pink to loved ones around the Wakatipu on Friday. Photo by James Beech.
St John joined forces with St Valentine around the Wakatipu
on Friday, with a little help from their friends at ASB Bank,
to surprise scores of loved ones at their homes and
workplaces with flowers and gifts.
More than $400 was raised to help pay the operating costs of
St John Queenstown.
The total came from the usual $10 delivery fee being given to
the Frankton-based emergency service by Queenstown florist In
the Pink if the customer ordered the Valentine's Day gift to
be delivered by ambulance.
Two St John ambulances and a health shuttle, with officers
and bank staff on board, were deployed due to the demand and
the wide spread of recipients.
However, the organisation maintained its front-line service
so it could respond to emergencies at all times.
Ambulance officer Alex Taylor was one of the volunteers
brightening people's day with romance.
Deliveries sent to him around the central business district
to places including Queenstown Resort College and out to
Gorge Rd, Remarkables Park Town Centre and Glenda Dr.
''One woman thought she wasn't going to get anything, then I
gave her the bouquet ordered for her and she whooped with
delight,'' he said.
Mr Taylor was preparing to head to Lake Hayes Estate and
Millbrook Resort with an ambulance bulging with Valentine's
goodies when the Queenstown Times caught up with him.
''This is my fourth year doing it and I enjoy it every
year,'' he said.
''It's nice to visit people who are not ill and are smiling
and happy with the surprise.''