Belmont, Perth,

St John says “thanks a million” to volunteers

St John Ambulance’s Williams sub centre will host a barbecue on Thursday, May 16 to thank the ambulance volunteers and others who devote their free time to the community.

St John Ambulance has a virtual army of volunteers across the State and to say thanks, the head office in Perth ran the Thanks a Million Big Bash BBQ competition, which Williams won.

St John volunteer member services manager Kate Fina said St John volunteers, such as the 11 in Williams, were the lifeblood of the country ambulance service.

“In many locations in Western Australia the community relies entirely on these people to respond when an ambulance is required – the work they do and the dedication they display is second to none,” she said.

“While Williams was selected for this celebration, our thanks go out to all St John volunteers, including those in Perth who do a wonderful job as volunteer first aiders at events, in the management of cadets and in support roles for country sub centres.”

St John has more than 4300 volunteers who donate more than three million hours to the community every year.

The Williams event was organised to coincide with National Volunteers Week (13-19 May) which has the theme “Thanks a Million”.

The Williams sub centre will host the community BBQ which has been extended to include people from other local volunteer organisations such as volunteer fire brigade.

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Useful facts:

  • St John has more than 4300 volunteers in Western Australia.
  • Volunteers contribute more than three million hours a year to ensure their local communities have access to an ambulance service.
  • Volunteers in country areas assisted with more than 54,000 patients in 2011/12.
  • Volunteers from St John provided first aid to 4972 patients in 2011/12 at various major public events such as the Big Day Out and Skyworks.