Belmont, Perth,

Shining a light on volunteers

Some of the State’s most dedicated volunteers have been acknowledged at the St John Ambulance Western Australia Event Health Services annual awards.                                  

St John’s Event Health Services now has more than 1000 volunteers who work at local and major events, offering first aid assistance and safeguarding the health of the community.

A group of these volunteers were celebrated at the Parmelia Hilton on December 1 for outstanding achievement during the past year.

A standout among those honoured was Matthew Squires who dedicated more than 1000 hours of service throughout 2012.

Jeremy Peterson, Bob Hudson and David Ashill were rewarded for 750+ hours and Don Atkins, Dash Crossley, Ron Bell, Ashley Waite and Cornelis Faas all completed more than 500 volunteer hours during the year.

St John Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said volunteers played a vital role in communities throughout Western Australia and these individuals had set a superb example with their tireless efforts.

“In 2012/13 our event volunteers attended 1,691 events and collectively contributed almost 51,000 duty hours so I thank each and every one of them for their efforts,” he said.

“It makes me extremely proud to be associated with this group of people and this dedication in volunteering it is one of the great strengths of St John.

“Across St John we have more than 4,500 volunteers and their contribution is enormous, they donate some three million hours to the community every year.

“We simply could not exist without their efforts and we are thankful that so many people give up their time and energy in service to the community.”

A further 73 individuals were presented with awards.

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