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The 24 hour 7 days a week ambulance cover that is provided for the area Shingle Creek to Beaumont, - the Knobbies to Moa Flat, is completely volunteer operated. With not one single paid employee in this operation, these volunteers provide emergency medical care for everyone in their community and the travelling public, with qualifications and skills equal to those in much larger areas. All volunteers that are part of St John are also in paid employment, so it is a huge effort that they have two crew on at all times. It is volunteers like these that make the community tick along as it does, and they do it solely because they care for their community.
Emily Beaton, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

St John Roxburgh has won the Supreme Award at the 2016 Trustpower Central Otago District Community Awards.

 

The Awards were announced and presented tonight (Monday 2 May) at a function at the Orchard Gardens, Clyde.

 

For winning the Supreme Award, St John Roxburgh received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money.  St John Roxburgh now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2016 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Rotorua district in March 2017.

 

In total, Trustpower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards.

 

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says St John Roxburgh are providing a service that is essential, but without their support, would not exist.

 

“The 24 hour 7 days a week ambulance cover that is provided for the area Shingle Creek to Beaumont, - the Knobbies to Moa Flat, is completely volunteer operated. With not one single paid employee in this operation, these volunteers provide emergency medical care for everyone in their community and the travelling public, with qualifications and skills equal to those in much larger areas.

 

All volunteers that are part of St John are also in paid employment, so it is a huge effort that they have two crew on at all times. It is volunteers like these that make the community tick along as it does, and they do it solely because they care for their community,” says Beaton.

 

Other winners at tonight’s Trustpower Central Otago District Community Awards were:

 

Heritage and Environment

Runner up: Maniototo Early Settlers Association

Winner: MAD4CO

 

Health and Wellbeing

Runner-up: Central Otago Health Shuttle

Winner: Cromwell Rural Women

 

Arts and Culture

Runner up: Alexandra Musical Society Costume Department

Winner: Central Cinema

 

Sports and Leisure

Commendation: Cromwell Community Squash Club

Commendation: Mt Benger A and P Society

Runner up: Teviot Prospects

Winner: Cromwell Bike Park

 

Education and Child/Youth Development

Runner up: EnvironSchools

Winner: Alexandra and Cromwell Presbyterian Support

Supreme Winner: Roxburgh St John

Youth Spirit

Finalists:

Ashlyn Reid, Roxburgh Area School

Kayla Green, Cromwell College

 

Winner: Emily Boud, Dunstan High School