Vol­un­teers hard work recog­nised

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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.

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