Ambulance centre volunteers lauded
Walpole has been named the best ambulance sub centre in the State at the St John Ambulance WA Volunteer of the Year Awards last month.
The centre, which boasts a 60- year history high of 27 registered volunteers, was the first regional location to operate a transport service for its community.
Operating three days a week, the Walpole -Nornalup Community Transport Service opened in March and assists community members to attend appointments in Denmark and Albany.
By purchasing a vehicle and providing funding to cover the costs of running the service, St John chief executive Tony Ahern said volunteers provided significant support to the local community.
“The committee recognised that with the withdrawal of a patient transport service by Silver Chain — many members of their community had no way to access medical services in Denmark and Albany,” he said. “The Walpole sub centre has shown great initiative and a deep consideration for their community members in their determination to make the service operational.
“They have pro-actively driven this project with a respectful determination, which has resulted in 11 new volunteers and a wonderful patient transport service.”
The award was presented at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 24.
Walpole Sub Centre members Kaye Hall, Russell Hill, Graham Harnwell, Dennis Hall, Kelly Burton, Harold Luxton and Kath Broadbent accepted the sub centre of the year award from St John Ambulance WA chief executive Tony Ahern at the St John Ambulance WA Volunteer of the Year Awards last month.