Page 13Maungaturoto Matters
Phone 09 4318 403Contacts: Stephen Rosser,Maungaturoto Station Team Manager,Leigh Knightbridge,Assistant Team ManagerTrainingTuesday 7.30pm (during school term)
Once again ours call outs for June were up on last year’s num-bers. We attended 65 calls compared with 61 in June 2009. 43of these were medical calls, and 22 were accidents.
Trevor Brljevich - End of An Era
During July, founding member Trevor Brljevich attended his lastcall out. In 1955 Trevor, along with 12 other members of theCommunity started Maungaturoto St John.He became sergeant in 1956, and was made divisional officer in1970 and divisional superintendent in 1980, holding this positionfor 13 years. Side by side with his operational roles, Trevor wasadmitted to the Order of St John as a serving brother in 1983,officer brother in 1990 and commander in 1999.Trevor is a highly valued member of Maungaturoto St John andis held in high esteem amongst the wider community. He hasguided many members along their way with words of encourage-ment and patience – with a few tall stories thrown in! Trevor isfamous at our station for keeping the ambulance supplied withlollies (notably mushrooms!) for early morning hour munchies –we are already missing them Trevor.Trevor has given thousands and thousands of hours caring forthe Otamatea community. Records have only been kept since1973. Between 1973 and 2009 Trevor has spent approximately5000 hours on the road caring for patients, and an incredible80,000 hours on standby!His most memorable call out was attending the Brynderwyn busaccident on 7th February 1963. In this accident 15 people werekilled, and 21 injured when a bus returning from Waitangi Daycelebrations plunged over a 100ft cliff on the southern side of the Brynderwyns.Trevor is still actively involved in training nights and PublicDuty. We all join in wishing Trevor very best wishes as he cele-brates his 80th birthday this month.We must also pay tribute to Trevor’s family for their support anddedication. His family must have endured many disappoint-ments over the years when family outings were cancelled at thelast minute due to call outs. Sadly Trevor’s wife Yvonne passedaway in 2005, and is not here to celebrate his birthday withhim..
Flash Light Appeal:
Thank you to everyone in the community who contributed to our‘Flash Light’ appeal in the main street on Friday 25th June.$620.90c was raised in Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka. We had anenjoyable day catching up with people and taking their bloodpressures!A special thank you to Sugarbelles for providing coffee for ourvolunteers.
Trash & Treasure
A reminder that our annual Trash & Treasure will be held at theCentennial Hall the week commencing 27th September. Wewould really appreciate it if you could drop donations off at thehall on Sunday 26th September. Unfortunately storing the itemsis a problem, and it would really help us out if you could do this.
WHEN I SAY I'M BROKE - I'M BROKE!
A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, tobe confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuumcleaner.'Good morning,' said the young man. 'If I could take a coupleMinutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest