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Anne Hamersley Primary School students the first of 4000 to receive HIF-funded first aid training

The Ellenbrook community will be supported by the donation of first aid training in schools thanks to St John WA working with not-for-profit health insurance provider HIF. According to a recent study by the Australasian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC) the Local Government Area of Swan Hills, in which Ellenbrook falls, had among the poorest rates…
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First Aid Focus reaches children disadvantaged by distance thanks to Telethon

More than 10,500 remote, disadvantaged and vulnerable children have benefitted from new ways First Aid Focus can teach them in community thanks to a $34,249 donation from Channel 7 Telethon Trust. First Aid Focus is St John WA’s free in-school program offering age-appropriate first aid classes for Western Australian students ranging from pre-kindy to Year…
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Humble hero Peter Geraghty named RAC WA Volunteer of the Year  

St John WA’s Peter Geraghty has been named RAC WA Volunteer of the Year after more than 43 years of extraordinary service to the Wheatbelt community.   Peter won the top honour at the 2024 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards on Thursday night, selected from 240 nominees from across the State.   The truly…
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Helping community members stay connected a privilege for volunteer Bob Hosken  

Keen to use his good health and free time to help others, retiree Bob Hosken hit the road with the St John WA Community Transport Service (CTS) four years ago and hasn’t looked back.  CTS volunteers like Bob, 76, drive community members door to door to medical appointments and activities, offering a smile and a…
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Denmark duo seize the day at St John WA 

Denmark’s Mahsa Anderson is active in more ways than one. She is a runner, soccer player and a psychologist who loves helping others.  Despite her busy schedule, Mahsa had thought about volunteering with St John WA (SJWA) for years, but the timing was never quite right.   Then she discovered how much of a difference SJWA…
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Taking care of an ‘awesome community’ is a win for Kimberley volunteer Jacqui Turnbull  

At 2.5 million square kilometres St John WA covers the biggest geographical footprint of any single ambulance service in the world.  In the northernmost town of WA, there is a small but mighty team of SJWA volunteers who give their all to ensure an ambulance is available to their remote community around the clock.  The…
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Abraham Shapiro’s journey from offshore mining to paramedicine

When Abraham Shapiro signed up to become a volunteer in search of purpose outside of his full-time job, little did he know he’d discover his calling. The St John WA (SJWA) Event Health Services volunteer of two years applied after watching his father Graeme give back from a young age. “I remember going to training…
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Volunteering a lifesaver for two friends at life’s cross-roads

In the heart of regional WA, two legends found purpose and connection through their shared commitment to helping others. Natasha Aylmore has been a country ambulance volunteer at the St John WA (SJWA) Geraldton sub centre for the past ten years, and has not only saved lives, but touched the hearts of many along the…
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The heart of Laverton: Eleanor Hill’s 35 years of service to her country community

Volunteer ambulance officer, undertaker’s assistant, animal rescuer, mother of five.   Eleanor ‘Elly’ Hill wears many hats in the remote Goldfields town of Laverton.  For 35 years she has been the driving force at the St John WA Laverton Sub Centre, sacrificing countless hours of her own time for the community she loves.   Since joining SJWA…
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There’s something in the Waters at Kununoppin  

They say many hands make light work, and in country communities like Kununoppin in WA’s Wheatbelt, they keep vital services alive.   Four generations of one family have given more than 90 years of volunteer service to ensure their region’s ambulance service runs around the clock.  Geoff Waters has been volunteering with St John WA Kununoppin…
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Volunteering a life passion for Pinjarra legend Ian Digweed  

Ian Digweed’s volunteering journey with St John WA began when he was just 11 years old.   Eager to become like the heroes he looked up to behind the lights and sirens, he joined as a young cadet in 1977.   Just a few years later, young Ian witnessed a child get hit by a car, it’s…
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Volunteers improve quality of life: new survey

National Volunteer Week gives pause to reflect on the contribution of St John WA’s 5000 volunteers who contribute more than 230,000 hours to serving community each year. Volunteers work in a range of roles at St John WA from on-road emergency ambulance response in Country WA, to logistics, volunteer support, community transport and Event Health…
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