This year, the popular block-set toy ambulance will now come with an ambulance station as part of a 419-piece building block set. The child-friendly boxsets are being sold for $30 at ASB branches across New Zealand.
ASB aims to raise money to buy another fully-functioning, fully equipped ambulance. All proceeds will go directly to St John.
This is the third time Kiwis will help put an ambulance on New Zealand roads, thanks to the toy ambulance campaign. Christchurch received the first ambulance in early 2016 and Dunedin received the campaign’s second big ambulance in July.
To date, the ASB-funded vehicles have responded to more than 4,200 incidents combined, transporting almost 2,600 of these to treatment centres in the local Dunedin and Canterbury communities.
ASB head of community, sponsorship and events Mark Graham says ASB has been a proud supporter of St John for 10 years.
“We know the ASB toy ambulance is a much-loved item so we’re excited to bring it back for a third year – this time it’s bigger and better than ever. In previous years we’ve heard kids and adults have made their own ambulance stations so we thought we’d add one to complete the set,” Mr Graham says.
“We hope New Zealanders support St John again with this year’s campaign. Not only is it a great way to support St John, Kiwis can look forward to seeing a brand new ambulance on the road and know they played a part in making that happen.”
St John director of commercial services Peter Loveridge says the ASB toy ambulance sets will no doubt be a sell-out again this year.
“In addition to providing a fantastic Christmas gift idea, we hope this year’s ASB St John toy ambulance and station will again help us realise a real, full-size ambulance for New Zealand’s roads,” Mr Loveridge says.