Do­ing for oth­ers re­warded

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

AS a sin­gle mother, Vanessa Mur­doch de­cided to vol­un­teer with St John Am­bu­lance to do some­thing for her­self.

The Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent has been vol­un­teer­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tion for about 18 months as a first aid as­sis­tant.

Ms Mur­doch won the First Aid Ser­vices and Train­ing Vol­un­teer of the Year at the St John Am­bu­lance WA Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards on Au­gust 24.

“I thought it would be a rewarding thing to do and ev­ery­one that I’ve worked with is fab­u­lous,” she said.

“We teach peo­ple about CPR and pro­mote first aid and it’s most def­i­nitely some­thing that is im­por­tant for peo­ple to learn, even for young peo­ple.

“We have a va­ri­ety of peo­ple who do the course, in­clud­ing par­ents and preg­nant mums and I just love it.

“It was an hon­our to re­ceive the award; I feel flat­tered.”

Among the other win­ners was Como res­i­dent Shu Yin Chin, who re­ceived the Youth and Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer of the Year award.

“I started vol­un­teer­ing about one year ago. I was com­plet­ing my early child­hood teach­ing de­gree and I thought it made sense to do some­thing re­lated to it,” she said.

“I help deliver a pro­gram tar­geted at chil­dren aged be­tween three and six or seven that teaches them about iden­ti­fy­ing an emergency.

“The pro­gram is quite in­ter­ac­tive and we make it short and sharp.

“It came as a sur­prise to be recog­nised be­cause there are so many vol­un­teers.”

vol­un­teer Shu Yin Chin.

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