Rugby players banking on medics

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Celtic senior rugby players (from left) Eru Tahuri, Keanu Huria, Nicholas McKain and Paovale Sofai had a big cash thank you for St John emergency responders Theresa Roulston and Amanda McGinity.

Celtic rugby players have shown some love for St John, giving the Ashburton emergency responders a cheque for $4250.

Senior players held a back yard job day in January, where they offered their brains and brute strength for jobs big and small around the gardens of Ashburton. They asked for their work to be rewarded with a donation for St John.

Paovale Sofai had the honour of handing the cheque to paramedics Theresa Roulston and Amanda McGinity.

He was the only one of the group visiting the Ashburton St John station last week who had not been carted off to hospital in an ambulance with a rugby injury.

Coach Matt Winter said rugby players valued the presence of St John personnel at their games.

He needed their expertise, as a player, for a hurt neck and two concussions.

Nicholas McKain said he needed the ambulance for a broken arm, an injured shoulder and a head knock.

Keanu Huria needed help for a dislocated shoulder and Eru Tahuri suffered a concussion, resulting in an ambulance trip.

They all said St John had helped them.

St John Mid Canterbury area executive officer Elaine Vallender said St John appreciated senior players’ efforts on the job day. At one address they were asked to take out front and back gardens to make way for lawn.

The $4250 would be spent wisely by St John in the district, she said.

Celtic may make the job day an annual event, based on the success of this past one.