Golden awards for St John volunteers
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.