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Celtic Rugby Club representatives (from left) Tayla Barnaby, Nathan McCloy and Ella Hurley (at right), with Ashburton St John emergency medical technician Miranda King.

Hard graft from practical hands at Celtic Rugby Club have helped raise $5790 for Ashburton St John.

The club held its second Hire A Celt Day in January and senior team players and others offered their skills and muscle to complete a number of jobs around the district.

While some laid a concrete foundation for a farm silo, others were on heavy duty gardening or involved in paving work.

The toils of their labour were rewarded with a donation to St John and a cheque was handed over by the club last week.

Seniors coach Matt Winter said rugby players appreciated the prompt presence of St John personnel at games when they were needed.

A number of players had unfortunately required help and ambulance assistance in the past.

St John were not government funded and needed that extra community support, he said.

“We’ve got a number of builders and tradies in the team, so we decided to use those skills and brawn to support a worthy organisation that in turn supports us.”

St John Mid Canterbury area executive officer Elaine Vallender said St John appreciated the support of Celtic Rugby Club.

There had been no St John annual appeal this year because of covid and the donation was very welcome.

The $5790 would be spent wisely by St John on local services, she said.

Celtic had a similar job day for St John last year and raised $4250. Another is planned for 2023.