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Time to open wallets for volunteers

3 Comments 18 September 2015

From our Piha/Karekare 1st response

Have you had a 1st Responder come to you or a loved one?  We certainly have.  There is no way these community volunteers should pay for this . . .  please read.

Well, we need your help this time:

FirstResponseaPhoto: Fiona, 1st responder, with makeup.

“Every year St John holds a conference called Traumed (Get it? Trauma & Medical) the last weekend in October at Whangarei for 1st Responders.  This would be a valuable learning experience improving best practice and patient care for you!  We have never been.  We think that should change.  

It costs $170 each for the conference.  Accommodation is $50 each per night, some petrol money would be good too. There are 8 of us, we all want to go (St John will send somebody to cover for us for the weekend, we won’t leave you on your own).

So we need about $2500, can you help?  Anything would be appreciated!  Bank account is Fiona Anderson 06 0153 0323476 25 or drop off to the Campground office or give to a 1st Responder.  It would be really good if we didn’t have to pay for this out of own pockets and if we don’t have to stand in the street for the next 6 weeks selling 2500 sausages, but by golly, if that’s what it takes, then that is what it takes!”

Bank account: Fiona Anderson 06 0153 0323476 25 or drop off to the Campground office or give to a 1st Responder.

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  1. Village Voice Editor says:

    1st Response advise: “Progress report for “The Traumedathon” (as it is becoming known.) We now have a total of $1470!!!!! As someone said…. “This is not a donation, it is an investment!”

  2. Fiona says:

    “Thank you very much for your kind donations, thank you very much, thank you very, very much! Thank you very much for the kind donations, thank you very much, thank you very, very, very much!”
    Who remembers Telethon, the lovely Peter Sinclair, and all the silly things we did to raise money and try to get on the telly! My Riding Club had shovelled pony poo and raised $100 (Which, by the way was a shed load of money in those days!) I was so excited about going to Avalon Studios. But then Mum caught me smoking and I wasn’t allowed to go- Gutted!
    Progress report for “The Traumedathon” (As it is becoming known.) we now have a total of $1470!!!!! Amazing stuff, at this rate I will be out of your face by Monday! As someone said….”This is not a donation, it is an investment!”

  3. Fiona says:

    What did happen indeed? There was a veritable tsunami as the wallets were opened and the money flooded in, no moths around here that’s for sure! What a bunch of Superstars you all are!
    Your generosity means all our accommodation, meals, and petrol will be fully covered by all of you generous lovely people. With the balance of money we have left we will be able to purchase new medical equipment to help better serve our lovely community.
    We have been both astounded and humbled by your “1st Response” to our request.
    Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful to each and every one of you for enabling us to realise what has just been a dream for so many years, God bless you all for not making us resort to the sausages, and now I can lose that dreadful profile picture (But it did get your attention :-))


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