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Community encouraged to make a difference for St John
St John and the Indian Weekender have agreed anexciting partnership – with St John (New Zealand’slargest ambulance provider) the charity of choicefor the Indian Weekender for a six month period.Indian Weekender directors and St John GeneralManager Northern Region Stephen Franklin havelaunched the partnership in Auckland duringDiwali, festival of lights because of its synergies
with the ashing lights of St John ambulances.
Indian Weekender has selected St John as their charity from now into next year, and will be raisingfunds to support St John.From Wednesday, November 3, our paper willrun a Make A Difference for St John campaignto raise awareness of – and funds for – St John.
Helping out will be inuential people from theIndian community, key St John gures and a host of
support people from Indian Weekender and St John.The aim appeal in our print and online edi-tions is to raise $150,000 to buy a front-line, fullyequipped Mercedes ambulance for St John. Eventssuch as a fundraising dinner and charity auctionwill also provide a boosts to funds.Mr Franklin is delighted with Indian Week-ender’s generous decision to come on board andsupport St John.“St John sees the Make a Difference for St Johncampaign as a positive and lasting gesture by theIndian Weekender, its readers and supporters tomake a real difference for St John and help ensurewe will always be there for the people we care aboutin our community.“St John is a charitable organisation that relieson public fundraising to provide its full range of services to New Zealand communities – includingdonations to help run the ambulance services,” Mr Franklin says.Indian Weekender Director Giri Gupta says thecampaign is an opportunity for the many Indianorganisations, businesses, cultural groups and indi-viduals to unite for one cause.“We are all different but let’s work together tomake a difference for St John,” Mr Gupta says.“Indian Weekender supports the importantwork St John members do, saving lives and improv-ing the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
We will work with St John to raise the prole of the
vital work they carry out for the community and tohelp raise funds for an ambulance to assist in thatwork,” he adds.The fundraising the Indian Weekender doesthrough its Make A Difference for St John appeal
will directly benet the community. Each year, St
John cares for and saves the lives of thousands of people. To do this, St John ambulances travel morethan 17 million kilometres operating 24 hours a day,seven days a week.Even though they may never need St John ina medical emergency, by supporting the Make ADifference for St John campaign, the Indian Week-ender, its readers and supporters are ensuring the public continue to have St John services in our com-munity.Mr Franklin notes that St John and the IndianWeekender serve the community in different butimportant ways.“With latest news and fresh perspectives aimedat the 120,000-strong ethnic Indian readership in New Zealand, the Indian Weekender embracescommunity participation through contributions of articles, events, or just about anything. This com-munity involvement makes the Indian Weekender an excellent partner to promote St John,” Mr Frank-lin says.St John is a community-based charitable or-ganisation and has been providing services in New Zealand for 125 years – since 1885. As NewZealand’s largest ambulance service, it provides a
range of emergency care services, rst aid services
at community events, and community care services“Joining forces means that we can maximise the
benets that – together – we can bring to the people
of our communities,” they say.As part of the partnership, the public can donateto St John by completing and sending back the do-nation coupon featured in the Indian Weekender,Calling 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646) at anytime Or via the St John website www.stjohn.org.nz or https://www.stjohn.org.nz/donate/donate.aspxPlease make sure all donations reference the IndianWeekender Make A Difference for St John appeal.
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A rear view of the ambulanceGeneral Manager St John Northern Region Stephen FranklinMercedes Ambulance close up