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OPERATING THIS SEASON

SOUTH CANTERBURY AND MID CANTERBURY

ST JOHN REPORT

Malcolm Wooding P: 03 693 8012 M: 027 654 0352 E: wooding@ruralnet.co.nz

ALLEN CUSTOM DRILL 3000

SALFORD FIELD CULTIVATOR

• • • •

• Six metres • Chisel shanks followed by a three-row harrow that is rake adjustable • Spiral roller

Triple Disc – 125mm rows Self-loading crane, 1 tonne Harrows Electronic slug bait and insecticide applicators SOLA PROSEM K 12-ROW PLANTER

• For fodder beet, swedes and maize

YEOMAN PLOW

• Three-metre subsoiling for aeration of compacted soils

F O R E N Q U I R I E S A N D B O O K I N G S CO N TACT M A LCO L M

Alex Taylor and Leigh Barrie with St John fundraiser organiser Wendy Preston. PHOTO: Supplied

St John volunteers appreciate support from community groups Living with Atrial Fibrillation? You are not alone. The Heart Foundation and South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) invite you and your Whānau to a FREE seminar on living with Atrial Fibrillation. No need to register in advance. We look forward to welcoming you on the day. SCHEDULE: • 5.30–6.00pm: Registration, light refreshments, blood pressure and pulse checks. • 6.00-7.00pm: Atrial Fibrillation presentation • 7.00-7.30pm: General discussion

McKenzie Lifestyle Village recently held a make-up demonstration, which 44 residents attended. Wendy Preston, Val Kenyon, Gael Sellar and Bev Simon organised the event, which included high tea. When Alex Taylor and I called in, it looked like everyone was having a lot of fun. The Geraldine St John operations group were very grateful to be donated the event’s entry fee. It is lovely how the Geraldine community supports us, and we enjoy supporting you, too. Geraldine typically has between 45-60 ambulance call outs a month. Geraldine is part of the South Canterbury

territory and an ambulance will typically arrive from Geraldine, Temuka or Timaru, if required. Geraldine station is a volunteer station, with no paid staff members. As such, the members need to fit their St John commitments in around their jobs and home life. The Geraldine team is currently able to crew an ambulance about 30 per cent of the time, but we need more volunteers from the community. It’s immensely satisfying giving back to the community you live in. The ambulance and some of the Geraldine team will be at the Geraldine Fête next week, so stop by and say hello

Kitten season well underway

Following the presentation by the SCDHB Clinical Nurse Specialists Cardio Respiratory Kathy Patrick and Suzanne Jackson there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

Tuesday, 19 November Library, Geraldine High School 93 McKenzie Street, Geraldine For more information contact Marthy Cloake on 03 688 8089 or email marthyc@heartfoundation.org.nz

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if you are there. We will also be at the Geraldine Festival and will have gear out for you to look at. Young children always enjoy looking inside the ambulance and seeing what’s involved. The following week, on Wednesday 20 November, we are going to have some open sessions at the station, so you can come along and see what we do. It is very rewarding helping someone out when they need it most and delivering them to their next stage of healthcare. If you want to know more about joining our great team, phone Leigh on 027 391 8417. Follow us on Facebook for further updates. LEIGH BARRIE

Karen Sole, from Timaru-based nonprofit organisation Street Cats South Canterbury, says kitten season is upon us. Every year it occurs from October: the influx of unwanted kittens due to cat owners not getting their cats de-sexed. “We have a few kittens at present, but are also seeing some heavily pregnant cats coming into Street Cats South Canterbury at the moment.” Street Cats’ Facebook page states they work mainly

with stray cats, aiming to reduce the population by trapping, neutering/spaying, socialising and rehoming. “Our adoption fee of $130 covers the desexing, first vaccination and microchipping of the kittens. For some of our kittens and cats, this doesn’t cover all the costs needed, so any donations or fundraising go directly towards this. We have a Givealittle page that also assists with extra costs.

“Our main message is to absolutely desex all cats to avoid ongoing and unwanted litters.” She adds, “Geraldine is generally good: we don’t have a lot of unwanted kittens coming from your area.” Rose King (Robbies Milkbar) and daughter Georgie recently fundraised for the organisation. “We are real cat lovers and my daughter Georgie decided to use Robbies Milkbar as a drop-off point for donations of cat food,” says Rose. “We had a great response and even still have people dropping in with cans. We will continue to collect them for Street Cats South Canterbury, as they do an amazing job with strays and abandoned cats and kittens.” Check out the Givealittle page or the Street Cats South Canterbury Facebook page. Their 2020 calendars are available for sale at Aorangi Vets in Geraldine for $10 each. DEBBIE OLIVER PHOTO: Debbie Oliver

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