Brooke takes a bow

JU­NIOR VOL­UN­TEER OF YEAR

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jenny Gal­braith

WHILE other eight-yearolds were play­ing video games one Ersk­ine Park girl de­cided to be­come a St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer.

For Brooke Rom­cek it was the be­gin­ning of years of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, and her ef­forts were recog­nised when she was named Ju­nior Vol­un­teer of the Year in the Lind­say Vol­un­teer awards last week.

The awards hon­oured the ex­cel­lent work of vol­un­teers in the lo­cal area and were handed out by Lind­say Fed­eral Lib­eral MP Fiona Scott.

War­ren Smith, of Tregear, was named Sports Vol­un­teer for his com­mit­ment to the St Marys Rugby League Club.

Ms Rom­cek, 19, said she had al­ways had a pas­sion for help­ing oth­ers, but was shocked to re­ceive the award.

“I hon­estly wasn’t ex­pect­ing this at all, I was so over­whelmed. I never had any in­ten­tion of get­ting where I am to­day,” she said.

Ms Rom­cek stayed as a St John Am­bu­lance cadet for a num­ber of years and ob­tained her pre­lim­i­nary and se­nior first aid cer­tifi­cate, and was awarded the high­est ju­nior and se­nior ac­co­lades as a cadet.

“I’ll never for­get one mo­ment when a young boy at a lo­cal mo­tor­bike event had gone over a hill and the bike went else­where, and the way he landed he could have be­come paral­ysed,” Ms Rom­cek said.

“It was lucky he didn’t. I was un­der pres­sure with so much adren­a­line but I was still calm and wanted to do the best I could.”

Her com­mu­nity ser­vice con­tin­ued af­ter she left the St John Am­bu­lance, and she has par­tic­i­pated in the Colour Run and Re­lay For Life to raise money for char­ity.

She is now a youth am­bas­sador for the Global Vol­un­teer Net­work and is fundrais­ing for a trip to Viet­nam to help un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren and women.

“I’ve al­ways been pas­sion­ate about help­ing oth­ers and al­ways wanted to go over­seas and help in com­mu­ni­ties,” Ms Rom­cek said.

To help sup­port Ms Rom­cek’s volunteering ef­forts visit face­book.com/ brookee.rom­cek

Pic­ture: ADAM YIP

Brooke Rom­cek has been named Ju­nior Vol­un­teer of the Year.

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