There is now an ambulance called Benny on the road, named after Matakatia 12-year-old Benny McSweeney.
Benny’s life was saved by St John after he fell into a freezing pond at Auckland Domain when he was just 20 months old. His story inspired the Wright Family Foundation to donate an ambulance to St John, named after the boy.
Benny’s mother, Lydia McSweeney, says the family is forever grateful to St John and honoured to have an ambulance named after their son.
The Wright Family Foundation has funded the full $216,000 cost of the ambulance which is now servicing Katikati and the surrounding community after it was dedicated early in November.
The ambulance has an improved interior design based on feedback from ambulance officers, allowing staff to remain seated while treating patients. It comes with a PowerLoad Stryker Stretcher making lifting and transporting patients easier, improving safety for patients and ambulance officers alike.
The Wright Family Foundation is a not-for-profit registered charitable trust that is dedicated to making a positive difference by ‘growing the good’ in New Zealand communities by supporting education and health initiatives.