St John stal­wart en­joys re­turn­ing to grass­roots

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

eteran St John vol­un­teer Alan ine joined the or­gan­i­sa­tion as a school­boy and has never looked back.

The 66-year-old, re­cently hon­oured for 52 years’ ser­vice with the or­gan­i­sa­tion, has taken on a va­ri­ety of tasks dur­ing his time at St John, from manag­ing lo­cal and re­gional youth di­vi­sions to looking af­ter the char­ity’s archives.

“It’s an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has a whole range of ac­tiv­i­ties and pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“I guess if you can’t find a niche, there’s some­thing wrong.”

He also gives up sev­eral week­ends each month to pro­vide first aid at events around Auck­land.

“It’s good to ac­tu­ally get back to the grass­roots level and pro­vide med­i­cal cover at things like sport­ing events and con­certs.”

The yn­field res­i­dent, who was also made a Knight of Grace, St John’s high­est hon­our, in 1998, says the lessons learned as a cadet have lasted him a life­time.

“As a youth mem­ber, you learn a lot of good ci­ti­zen de­vel­op­ment skills with their pro­gramme.

“I en­joyed be­ing there and now I can put some­thing back into the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

One of the big­gest chal­lenges for Mr ine was co­or­di­nat­ing vol­un­teers at the Auck­land Com­mon­wealth Games in 1990.

“I took three weeks an­nual leave and just worked on plan­ning and get­ting the re­sources we needed to­gether.

“We had 136 lo­cal per­son­nel for the games, 16 from over­seas and 20 from other re­gions.”

Along with his in­volve­ment in St John, Mr ine raised three chil­dren and worked at a busy job in the in­sur­ance in­dus­try.

St John or­der mat­ters man­ager Den­nis Dufty, who has known and worked with Mr ine for more than 40 years, says it’s no sur­prise his friend has been recog­nised by the or­gan­i­sa­tion yet again.

“Alan has had to jug­gle a busy pri­vate life with his St John work and has done it very well. He’s ex­tremely ded­i­cated.

“He’s also a re­ally hum­ble guy who’s held high offices but is will­ing to do any­thing you ask of him.

“It can be the most ba­sic job but Alan doesn’t think any­thing is be­neath him. He’s a great ex­am­ple of a mem­ber who puts ser­vice above him­self.”

East­ward shift: The New Zealand Trans­port Agency has de­cided to shift the route for the State High­way 20 link and says this will cause less dis­rup­tion.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Ded­i­ca­tion: St John vol­un­teer Alan Pine shows off the medal that ac­knowl­edges his 52 years of ser­vice to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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