Golden awards for St John vol­un­teers

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

St John Am­bu­lance’s Ex­mouth sub-cen­tre has cel­e­brated an­other busy year with its an­nual and of­ten quirky awards night.

Am­bu­lance of­fi­cers in Ex­mouth clocked up a to­tal dis­tance of 16,092km in 2015-16, and at­tended 244 pa­tient cases.

This year’s Golden Whis­tle award was given to chair­man Phil Hall for at­tend­ing the most call-outs and the Golden Hair Blonde Wig award went to com­mu­nity para­medic Mike We­ston.

Mr Hall was un­able to at­tend this year’s In­vesti­ture in April at Govern­ment House where he was to be ad­mit­ted into the Or­der of St John as a Mem­ber, so he was hon­oured dur­ing the event.

Coun­try Am­bu­lance gen­eral man­ager Ju­lian Smith said the award was a much de­served recog­ni­tion of Mr Hall’s hard work.

“De­spite the fri­vol­ity of the night there is an un­der­ly­ing sense of se­ri­ous­ness in recog­nis­ing the tremen­dous ef­fort and hard work that these vol­un­teers give in of­ten very dif­fi­cult and some­times try­ing cir­cum­stances,” Mr Smith said.

“This co­he­sive group re­lies heav­ily on each other due to their ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion and they run a self-suf­fi­cient, well-func­tion­ing sub-cen­tre.”

The golden wig award is handed out to who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for the fun­ni­est mo­ment of the past year.

For Mr We­ston that mo­ment came when he said the only thing he did not like about Ex­mouth was the fact there was no barber.

For the record, Mr We­ston has no hair.

Mid­west re­gional man­ager Lynne Hunt said the awards night was a cel­e­bra­tion of all the work the vol­un­teers do for the cen­tre. Ms Hunt said the awards night was a chance to ac­knowl­edge ev­ery­one who helped the sub-cen­tre func­tion.

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