Volunteer efforts rewarded

Vicki Mathias
Vicki Mathias

Volunteers are the dedicated people who put in plenty of work for no pay - and Vicki Mathias is one of them.

The Twizel resident won the award for Long Service Volunteers in the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, announced yesterday.

Mathias has been volunteering for St John Ambulance since 1983, and maintaining its rosters for the past 15 years.

She started volunteering when she was a nurse at Oamaru Hospital and had four young children. She had a team of babysitters who could be called on urgently if she was needed.

She was first on the scene of the 1994 Mt Cook bus crash in which 26 of the 47 passengers were taken to hospital.

When the Christchurch earthquake struck in February 2011, she went straight to the scene and spent four days providing assistance.

She has also helped the Twizel community to become more resilient in case of emergency and has provided first aid cover at many events.

The Timaru Herald