Wakatipu residents and visitors were so keen to give money to
St John during the collection held around bars some people
chased volunteers down the street to drop cash into their
The Wakatipu appeal week raised more than $10,500 for the
charitable organisation and more money is coming in.
About $2000 was collected by volunteers outside New World
Wakatipu, which also let St John staff talk directly to
members of the public about their experiences and needs from
the emergency service.
About $750 was raised from donations around Queenstown's bars
on the Friday night. Other donations contributed a further
The amount of money coming in from the direct mail campaign
is not expected to be known for another month or two, but
about $5000 was raised from the campaign last year.
The ''Treadmill Challenge'' in Remarkables Park raised $345
and pledges are still being counted.
Bank staff plus St John ambulance officers, first responders,
advanced paramedics, health shuttle drivers, area committee
members and even the occasional member of the community
completed the challenge of running 187km, the rough distance
around Lake Wakatipu, within the appeal week.
St John Queenstown area executive officer Jessica Patch said
the money raised during appeal week would go towards the
running costs of the health shuttle and towards a building
project which would improve the earthquake standard of the
ambulance station in Frankton.
''Now that the St John station is classified as an
alternative emergency operations centre this strengthening
work has become very important, as well as some other minor
alterations, that will prepare the building for use by the
[Queenstown Lakes district] council and other emergency teams
in the event of a major catastrophe in Queenstown.''