Brooke takes a bow
JUNIOR VOLUNTEER OF YEAR
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
Brooke Romcek has been named Junior Volunteer of the Year.