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Highlights of 2023

Highlights of 2023

Highlights of 2023

It's hard to believe but 2023 is already drawing to a close - and what a year it's been here at Wellington Free Ambulance!

Although it's been a challenging year with rising demand for our services, resources and people, there have been lots of highlights. It's tricky to narrow down some of our 2023 highlights into nine images, but we've given it a go...

L-R, starting from top:

  1. Celebrating winning two awards for excellence plus the top Star Award at this year’s Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) Awards for Excellence.
  2. 2023 was a record-breaking year for our Onesie Appeal. We hoped to raise $200,000 but thanks to incredible supporters like you we smashed our goal and raised $266,500! It was also the return of the Onesie Street Appeal for the first time in three years.
  3. Blair at New Zealand Police Dog Section hosted Kate, Claire, and Katie to meet the latest pup-cruits.
  4. Launching Kia ora te Tangata – Strategy 2030 which sets our future direction for the next 100 years of service to our communities.
  5. Claire and Rachel at the official opening of the New Zealand Campus of Innovation and Sport with Minister for Sport & Finance Grant Robertson, alongside a brand-new community-access AED.
  6. We worked in partnership with our Hato Hone St John colleagues to deliver event medical services for the largest women's sports event in the world - FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
  7. The WFA team at Golf Day 2023.
  8. Saying thanks to our Wairarapa community who have supported the Wairarapa Station build so far with a site open day.
  9. Elliott Morrison proudly launched the 9th ambulance donated by Julie Nevett and The Lloyd Morrison Foundation alongside Isabella Morrison, Julie Nevett and the Wellington Free team.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all our supporters who give generously to help keep our services free. Please know we would not be able to achieve the highlights shared here, or remain uniquely free, without your kindness and support.



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