St John shines with Pride

Press Release
  • St John WA celebrates inaugural activation (community engagement stand) at PrideFEST Fair Day
  • The organisation is participating in the annual Pride Parade for the fifth time 
  • This year’s Pride ambulance is debuting at the Pride Parade 

St John WA participated in PrideFEST Fair Day, a family friendly event held at Hyde Park on November 13 to celebrate all things Pride.  

St John’s stand included the crowd favourite Wiggles Ambulance, giving children the unique experience of touring the inside of an ambulance and learning all about the life-saving equipment inside.  

Kura Bear mingled with the crowd, and there was hot competition for the St John WA colouring-in with families colouring away for a chance to win a prize. 

It wasn’t just the stalls and colourful food options that had attendees in high spirits, as the main stage saw a constant stream of entertainment culminating in the highly anticipated Big Freedia.  

The lively performance wrapped up the event with the crowd pumped and ready to celebrate the upcoming Pride Parade on November 26. 

St John now looks forward to participating in the parade, which is returning to Northbridge for the first time in almost three years.   

Our entry theme this year is S.H.I.N.E- Show How Inclusion Needs Everyone.  

St John wants to celebrate the diversity of our 2000 staff and 6000 volunteers, as well as the community we have been serving for more than 100 years. 

Having participated in the parade since 2018, St John has won several accolades for its float over the years – including Best in Show last year. 

About 50 volunteers and staff will be marching this year, including Tamsyn Howard, Executive Director People & Culture. 

“I’m looking forward to marching in Pride with the St John team to share how important celebrating and supporting an inclusive WA is to us,” Ms Howard said.  

“St John WA is for the service of humanity, which means we are here to help and support absolutely everybody.”   

The 2022 Pride ambulance has again been designed by Paper Wombat, with the wrap generously donated by Jason SignMakers for the fourth consecutive year. 

“This year’s Pride ambulance is inspired by PrideWA’s theme of SHINE, which we have interpreted to our own message of ‘Show How Inclusion Needs Everyone’, as we believe we shine the brightest when we all stand together,” Ms Howard said.   

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