St John thanks community

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The community fundraising effort which resulted in the building of the Gore district’s new St John hub was acknowledged on Saturday at the official opening of the building.

St John Hokonui area chairwoman Karen Morris said the hub was something the whole community could be proud of.

St John South Island region chairwoman Joanne Conroy also paid tribute to the huge effort which raised $1.6million.

“You have an amazing community – this project has run seamlessly,” Ms Conroy said.

The new hub in Charlton Rd was not just a building to house emergency services but also a facility used by community groups, St John cadets and St John Penguins, she said.

Official moment… St John Chancellor Dr Steven Evans cuts the ribbon during the opening of the hub.

A health shuttle service is also based at the hub.

“It’s used by many community and health groups,” she said.

St John chancellor Steven Evans described the hub as a magnificent facility.

Vital service… Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker outlines the importance of the emergency service at the opening.

“It’s absolutely fantastic – St John has a great future in Gore,” Dr Evans said.

The primary function of St John was to provide the best clinical emergency services possible and also to look after its staff, Dr Evans said.

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks was heartened by the number and quality of youth members of St John.

“This building is all about the future,” Mr Hicks said.

He commended the vision, commitment and the attitude of those behind the project.

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker said St John was “absolutely” critical to a community such as Gore.