Wellington Free Ambulance is here for our staff and our community

Following a press release yesterday regarding ongoing union negotiations, Wellington Free Ambulance would like to reassure the residents of Greater Wellington and Wairarapa that we remain committed to meeting the needs of those facing an emergency due to accident or ‘a sickness.

Wellington Free Ambulance is in the early stages of the negotiation process with FIRST Union and looks forward to continuing the conversation started in July at the next meeting. As this is an ongoing process, it is not appropriate to comment on specific details of offers or complaints.

Wellington Free Ambulance would like to clarify for the community where funding comes from and the importance of fundraising to keep services free. As an essential health service, Wellington Free Ambulance receives the majority of funding (approximately 82%) from the government and the ACC. Most of this funding goes to staff salaries and wages.

Each year, Wellington Free Ambulance must raise over $7 million through community fundraising events like Onesie Appeal, which is just one part of the fundraising strategy.

“All funds raised through Onesie Appeal and other fundraising activities such as grants, donations and business support fund essential frontline resources such as ambulances and first response vehicles, defibrillators, stretchers and other vital equipment that frontline teams need to save lives.

The community must be assured that any donation made to support Wellington Free Ambulance goes to ensure that the only free ambulance service in New Zealand remains that way..” Explained Claire Carruthers, general manager of fundraising and communications for Wellington Free Ambulance.

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