Appeal raises thousands

Photo by James Beech.
Photo by James Beech.
ASB Queenstown customer services officers Clare Boanas (left) and Kaylyn McBrearty (right) teamed up with St John Wakatipu Health Shuttle driver Claudia Faichney to collect much-needed cash from Coronet Peak visitors for St John at the start of the emergency service's nationwide appeal week last month.

More than $5000 was raised - from slope and street collections, a boat race and a percentage from Noel Leeming sales - towards the operating costs of the health shuttle, St John Queenstown area executive officer Jessica Patch said.

The charitable organisation was ''really pleased'' the Central Lakes Trust announced it approved a $45,000 grant towards a new ambulance for Glenorchy, Miss Patch said.

Efforts to provide a customised and fully medically equipped Toyota Land Cruiser to the township at the top of the lake have been under way for more than two years.

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