Volunteers hard work recognised
Last week St John Ambulance Services gave appreciation to their volunteers for National Volunteers Awareness Week.
Ambulance officer Jenny Mariu said that St John relied heavily on volunteers and that they were really appreciated.
‘‘We like to recognise and appreciate the time and commitment that they [volunteers] give to us,’’ Mariu said.
The volunteers were recognised for their hard work and appreciation receiving a personal text message from the chief executive Peter Bradley, as well as cards and a gift.
Volunteer Stacey Watene said being part of St John was rewarding and it was nice to help people at their time of need.
The six volunteers that could make the prize giving said that saving lives and caring for people was their main focus and was the most rewarding part of their job.
Krista Robbins said it was the appreciation that kept her going.
‘‘Some people just fall over backwards thanking you.’’
They all said the hardest part of the job was dealing with distraught families.
Three of the volunteers from St John were also volunteers with the Tokoroa Fire Brigade and said they loved what they did.
Volunteers are always wanted at St John so if you’re interested call the Tokoroa station (07) 886 8365.
St John volunteers Krista Robbins, Stacey Watene, Julie Cathie, Nancy Underdown, John Taylor, Jon Smith.