Ambo vol­un­teers recog­nised

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Vol­un­teers in New­man have been re­warded for their pub­lic ef­forts with the lo­cal St John Am­bu­lance cen­tre named Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year.

The New­man Sub Cen­tre re­ceived the com­men­da­tion from the New­man Cham­ber of Com­merce, with an ad­di­tional nod to the cen­tre’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer Isla Mur­phy who was nom­i­nated in the Cus­tomer Ser­vice of the Year cat­e­gory.

Com­mu­nity para­medic Chris Moore said it was fan­tas­tic for vol­un­teers to be recog­nised for their gen­er­ous com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing the am­bu­lance ser­vice, firstaid kits and first-aid train­ing.

“It’s a fully vol­un­teer funded sta­tion here — the award is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, it shows the vol­un­teers are thought of highly in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We’re quite a busy sta­tion here with 800 call-outs last year.

“I think we have won the award based on mer­its of the vol­un­teers and what they do for the com­mu­nity — and we do a lot of first-aid train­ing here as well.”

Mr Moore said the cen­tre was staffed by a ros­ter of 32 vol­un­teers for 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the ad­di­tional men­tion for Ms Mur­phy was also well re­ceived.

“She’s a very ap­proach­able per­son and al­ways will­ing to help out where needed to get the job done — she’s been in the job just over 12 months now,” he said.

Pic­ture: Chris Moore

New­man clin­i­cal vol­un­teers Wendy Hagan, Ta­nia Evans, An­ton Ten Brinke and Amanda Losik with the award.

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