WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Kiwis worldwide can go online
to support St John, the ambulance service provider helping residents
and communities in Christchurch after the recent earthquake which
devastated much of the city.
The website www.donatechristchurch.co.nz enables internet and mobile phone users abroad to make a donation to St
John and leave messages of goodwill and support on a community notice
New Zealand and UK-based IT firm Trademobile has set up the website for
St John, a community-based charity which will use all donations to fund
its services and rebuild emergency ambulance service infrastructure
damaged by the earthquake.
St John spokesperson Gerry Fitzgerald said that mobile and internet
technology offers people who want to support St John a fast and
practical way to do so. "We've had enquiries from people overseas wanting to support our work.
The website means that people anywhere can donate and help us to
rebuild and continue to provide emergency medical care and other
community services to Christchurch people," he said.
Mr Fitzgerald said St John is helping to support hundreds of homeless
and displaced people at welfare centres across the city and in outlying
districts such as Rangiora and Rolleston.
"Our ambulance officers and community volunteers are providing care to
people in need under very difficult circumstances and operating from
temporary locations in the city.
"Donations will boost our ability to restore St John ambulance stations
and maintain our much-needed services."
Visitors to the website can donate and download wallpaper images to
their mobile phones in acknowledgement of their support for St John's
St John is a charitable organisation with a volunteer ethos. It operates
independently of Government and business, and serves New Zealand
St John services and products include:
Emergency and non-emergency ambulance services for approximately 90% of
New Zealand's population
Emergency care and first aid at public events
Friendship and support over the phone to the lonely and the housebound
Transport for people to their health appointments
First aid training and health-related products and services to the
SOURCE St John, New Zealand
For further information:
Media Relations Manager, St John
Mob: +64 27 483 4199