by Greta Yeoman
St John subscriptions and first aid kits are to be given to 130 South Canterbury families under a new scheme arranged by the organisation.
St John Timaru volunteer Jill Proudfoot said the scheme had been funded by an anonymous donor to St John who had requested the funding be used for supporting families and babies.
Plunket’s Jane Denley said the first aid kits and year-long St John subscriptions were “such practical things for young families”.
They will be donated to families who are supported by Arowhenua Whanau Services, Plunket, Fale Pasifika and Family Support SC.
Fale Pasifika’s Joy Sylvia said the idea of calling an ambulance in a medical emergency was not even thought of for most of the families the organisations dealt with, because of the cost.
“It’s not even registering as an option.”
The year-long St John subscriptions would help with instances in which ambulances were required, she said.
Arowhenua Whanau Services manager Maria Parish said the first aid kits would be “fabulous” for the young families, as even basic first aid items were outside the “essentials” budgeted for by families.
Ms Proudfoot said the organisation hoped the project would be able to continue on a “long-term basis”.
She said the kits would be distributed to families in the next fortnight.