Aileen Gamboa-Evans - Image supplied

The Cromwell Rotary and Lions Clubs house build fundraising project, Lot 47, made $824,436.88 profit.

Doreen Evans never dreamed such a result would be achieved when sharing her vision of how the community could support Cromwell St John’s new station build.   She said the result was due to the support of so many businesses including, CHP Developments, S J Allen, Central Concrete Placing, Expol, Complete Reinforcing, McNulty’s and Pumpcrete 2010.

$100,000 of the profit was used to create the Topping Education Scholarship Fund

Vicky Topping said she was involved with St John Cromwell in 1990 when they moved into a new building. The old one was removed/destroyed by the dam project.  Vicky said she was excited to be involved in Cromwell St John’s new station build in 2020-21.

Les Topping started his engineering career as a cadet in Dunedin in 1971 where he commenced working on the motorway construction and survey for the lower Waitaki Irrigation Scheme.

The first of many steps that lead him to project manage the build stage of this fundraising project.  Doreen said without his skills the build would not have gone as smoothly and quickly as it did.

Aileen Gamboa-Evans is a lucky recipient of the Topping Education Scholarship Fund.Aileen is studying a Bachelor of Nursing at

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Aileen said becoming a nurse is not simply about a job or career choice.

It is a calling. She says she will go above and beyond to make sure every patient feels that they are not alone when ill. She will ensure patients get the best care possible with respect and dignity. While bringing up two daughters Aileen has been working 20 hours a week for Health Care New Zealand looking after people with brain and spinal injuries in their own home. She also does house cleaning and gardening for people who are unable to do it themselves.

Vicky understands how important hard work and dedication is to become a good nurse and believes Aileen does also.

Vicky and Doreen are excited to advise that the Topping Education Scholarship fund has been fully allocated.  Over the coming weeks the Cromwell News will share with you who the lucky recipients of this fund are.

Remember applications close for the Lot 47 Combined Rotary and Lions Community Fund of $250,000 at the end of this month.  Application forms can be found at or or email Alternatively, call Doreen Evans on 027 277 0972 or email

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