St John pleads for volunteers, funds

Lance Scott
Lance Scott

St John Temuka is looking for new volunteers so experienced ones can have more breaks.

Area committee secretary Lance Scott said with 18 volunteers on the books six more would make life easier for them.

It had been a struggle at times with current volunteers doing more hours, Mr Scott said. "It should not be a burden for volunteers, there needs to be a balance."

Mr Scott describes volunteers' work as a way of learning new skills and contributing positively to the community.

"You may save a life which is quite a buzz, if not you tried."

Applicants are put through a screening process and if accepted attend training in Temuka and Timaru. Volunteers need to live close to the ambulance base on King St for a fast response to a callout.

Mr Scott said as well as the need for volunteers funding was also important.

He said St John was only partially funded by the Government and branches had to make up the remainder. Information on a supporter scheme had been distributed to households encouraging the public to contribute a set sum annually. For $60 a household or $45 an individual, contributors gained access to a free ambulance whereas non-contributors were charged $84 a trip.

Mr Scott said it was a way for St John to continue its community work.

The Timaru Herald