Do­na­tion helps unit main­tain con­nec­tion

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

WA­ROONA’s Sea to Art Ex­hi­bi­tion will help St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers ac­quire new equip­ment with a do­na­tion pre­sented to the sub-cen­tre on Fri­day.

Wa­roona artist Polly Bon­ner pre­sented a cheque for $2750 at a morn­ing tea at the Wa­roona Vis­i­tors Cen­tre which will go to­wards four iPads for the am­bu­lance vol­un­teers on pa­trol.

Since the first ex­hi­bi­tion in 2014 the event has raised $11,000 which has been do­nated to the Wa­roona Com­mu­nity Car, Wa­roona Lions and Leos clubs and the am­bu­lance sub-cen­tre.

Cen­tre man­ager Tracy Goldswor­thy said the do­na­tion al­ways went to some­thing that would ben­e­fit the en­tire com­mu­nity.

“They can ben­e­fit any­body at any time,” she said. The ex­hi­bi­tion raised the money through a 9x5 Red, White and Black Art sec­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion with all pro­ceeds from the sold works go­ing to the sub-cen­tre.

Wa­roona St John Am­bu­lance chair­man Mike Rice said the iPads were a crit­i­cal part of the vol­un­teers’ ser­vice, used for pa­tient records when re­spond­ing or out on pa­trol.

“All our pa­tient records, when we go out, are on the iPads,” Mr Rice said.

“Ev­ery am­bu­lance crew uses iPads now.”

He said the iPads were also used to send in­for­ma­tion to hos­pi­tals when com­ing in with a pa­tient.

“Be­cause we take them out on the jobs, they get knocked about a fair bit.”

Mr Rice said the sub-cen­tre ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port from the vis­i­tors cen­tre through the ex­hi­bi­tion over the past cou­ple of years.

“We thank the vis­i­tors cen­tre and all those who con­tributed to the Sea to Art Ex­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

Mr Rice said the sub-cen­tre re­lied on fundrais­ing and do­na­tions and was al­most en­tirely self-funded.

“The only money we get is from treat­ing and trans­port­ing, and do­na­tions,” he said.

The sub-cen­tre said was al­ways look­ing for more vol­un­teers, in par­tic­u­lar am­bu­lance of­fi­cers, but also non-clin­i­cal sup­port staff.

“It’s al­ways a bat­tle to man our sub­sta­tion 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said.

Pic­ture: Kirsten Cole

Vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Danielle Wil­son and Dar­ren Mor­ley show artist Polly Bon­ner some of the equip­ment af­ter the do­na­tion pre­sen­ta­tion on Fri­day.

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