Couple ‘overwhelmed’ with gift for service

In appreciation. . . Riversdale Art media liaison Christine O’Connor, Riversdale St John first responder Erin Hurley, Riversdale St John station manger Dave Hurley, Riversdale Rugby Club president Jim McKeown and Riversdale Arts president Kerryn Miller admire Nurse Maude Mouse which they presented to Mrs and Mr Hurley for the many years they have volunteered with Riversdale St John. The mouse had been exhibited in the town’s recent exhibition. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Riversdale’s Erin and Dave Hurley had surprise visitors on Monday night bearing a special thank you gift.
Riversdale Arts president Kerryn Miller, media liaison Christine O’Connor and Riversdale Rugby Club president Jim McKeown presented the couple with a ceramic model of Nurse Maud Mouse.
The model, made by Paula Archibald of Wellington, was part of the Riversdale Arts Exhibition.
The rugby club, arts group and community members bought the mouse, which was worth more than $1800.
Mrs O’Connor said an arts committee member suggested the mouse would be a good gift for the couple as they had been very involved with Riversdale St John for more than 20 years.
‘‘They give up their time to do so much in the community.’’
The ceramic symbolised the many tasks involved with being a first responder, she said.
When it came to raising the money no-one hesitated to give, Mrs O’Connor said.
‘‘Everybody appreciates what they do.
‘‘It’s not just Riversdale — it’s the district.’’
Often when Mr Hurley was working he would stop work and answer the call to ‘‘save someone’s life’’, she said.
Mr McKeown said the rugby club also appreciated the couple attending games and giving up their time.
‘‘Home and away they are always there to make sure the players are looked after and get the care they need if they are injured.’’
The couple said they appreciated the gift.
‘‘I’m overwhelmed.
‘‘Entirely unnecessary,’’ Mrs Hurley said.