Helping St John, Te Puke
Te Puke's state of the art ambulance
Te Puke is home-base for a brand new, state-of-the-art ambulance which will serve the ill and injured across the Western Bay of Plenty.
Trinity Lands donated the $218,000 Mercedes Sprinter to St John at a ceremony in Te Puke on September 1, 2020. The vehicle is kitted out with the latest lifesaving equipment, and offers a safe and comfortable work environment for paramedics.
An amazing gift
St John’s Bay of Plenty operations manager Jeremy Gooders says there are eight ambulances on the road in the Tauranga region every day. He says this ambulance – “an amazing gift” – replaces an older vehicle. It will routinely cover an area from Tauranga to Whakatane, but could be deployed further afield if needed.
There are about 20,000 urgent calls for an ambulance across the Western Bay each year, and demand in Te Puke has grown in recent years as the population has surged. Trinity Lands’ chair Stuart Bay says ambulances offer lifesaving treatment and comfort in desperate moments, and many families have experience of needing an ambulance during a critical medical event.
“We are really proud to be able to give this ambulance to St John.”
Trinity Lands’ CEO Peter McBride handed the keys over to The Order of St John’s Lyn Price. The Order’s chaplain Rev Ruth Dewdney blessed the vehicle.
“You make it all possible
– a big thank you to the kiwifruit growers.”
Trinity Lands has been growing kiwifruit in Te Puke for 20 years. Orchard employees were invited to the Te Puke ambulance dedication ceremony, and Mr McBride thanked them for the hard work that enables donations such as this.