St John

Lifeblood ebbs and flows

Lifeblood ebbs and flows

At the sound of a siren or pager alert, thousands of rural people drop everything to answer emergency calls, be it for a fire, car crash, medical emergency or lost tramper. Volunteers are the glue that keeps remote rural areas and larger regional urban centres together. Otago Daily Times reporters investigate the health of Otago's volunteer services.

Courses for free

In a bid to encourage people to volunteer for St John, free first aid courses are being offered potential volunteers in rural areas.

St John ambulance hire fee rise felt in the South

A 38% fee increase for non-emergency St John ambulance private hire trips is hitting the South especially hard because of vast distances to main hospitals, Aged Care Association Otago Southland board member Malcolm Hendry says.

St John to remain

St John has decided to retain a presence in the township, despite urgently needing more volunteers.

Service to St John recognised

Service to St John recognised

Lake Hawea man Ian Rae and Dunedin woman Shirley Hennessy have been awarded one of St John's highest honours.

Pair attain top St John Youth awards

Pair attain top St John Youth awards

The youth division of St John in Oamaru has two more recipients of the St John Youth's top award in its ranks.

St John cadets 'really competitive'

St John cadets 'really competitive'

About 50 ''absolutely competitive'' St John cadets patched up, resuscitated and comforted patients at the Alexandra Holiday Park yesterday during the St John Youth area competition.

St John Penguins relaunched

St John Penguins relaunched

St John Penguins (from left) Connor Buckland (7), Scott Duncan (8), Hamish Early (8) and Ayla Balona (7), with (from left) leader Claudia Faichney, senior cadet Laura Laurenson and Central Otago divisional youth manager Tania Haugh, relaunched the Penguins movement in the Wakatipu by popular demand on Tuesday.

St John volunteer honoured for her dedication

St John volunteer honoured for her dedication

Helping people in times of crisis and thinking on her feet to solve problems have kept Jeanette Anderson volunteering for St John for an extraordinary 27 years.

St John awards 'deserved'

St John awards 'deserved'

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said awards presented to St John personnel at the annual Wakatipu awards ceremony on Friday night were ''well deserved''.

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