St John Queenstown and ASB Remarkables Park staff (from left)
St John area executive officer Jessica Patch, ASB personal
account manager Marie Patterson, personal banker Agnes Van
Hulst, St John observer Karl Quayle, ASB business manager
Joel Peasey, St John ambulance officer Jamie Harris and St
John advanced paramedic Sue Tait gathered yesterday to launch
the St John branch's fundraising efforts in the Wakatipu as
part of St John's nationwide appeal week.
Staff from the charitable organisation and the bank will take
turns jogging on the treadmill this week in a sponsored bid
to run 187km, about the length of the shoreline around Lake
Treadmill challengers aim to raise $1200, the cost of one
month's supply of fuel for the St John health shuttle.
Their overall target for appeal week is $10,000 to support St
John operations in the Wakatipu.
They had a good start when shoppers gave about $2000 to
official collectors outside New World supermarket on Sunday.
More collectors carrying donation buckets will roam
Queenstown bars on Friday evening.
''The community always gets behind appeal week,'' Miss Patch
Sunday ''at New World was phenomenal - people were chucking
in $50 notes''.
''Appeal week is a really good opportunity to engage with
people as well as to make sure we're delivering services that
meet their needs.''