TRS donated more than 4,000 BKT rugby and soccer balls that were offered to show goers for a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to St John. BKT tyres are the largest selling brand of agricultural tyre in New Zealand and BKT have supported TRS in making this offer to support the vital services St John provide the rural community.
“A similar scheme had been run in Australia and experience across the Tasman told us that the public are very generous in their donations towards such a worthy cause,” says Nikki Watson, marketing coordinator for TRS “so we were very excited to see the daily total growing with over $6,000 raised for St John over the 4-day event.”
St John central region general manager Andrew Boyd says people recognise St John for the ambulance service, which treats and transports over 400,000 people every year, but the funds raised by the community for St John allows it to provide so much more. “It’s the public’s generosity that helps us teach young people first aid, health care and leadership skills through our youth programme so that they can feel confident and safe. It’s your contribution that allows us to make more than 100,000 caring calls to people who are isolated or living alone, and provide volunteers who comfort friends and family in hospital emergency rooms.”
Fieldays is an annual farming and agricultural trade show, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Based at Mystery Creek in Hamilton, the Fieldays agribusiness event attracted over 130,000 visitors this year.
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