The gift of volunteering

RECOGNITION: Cheryl Kilgour was awarded a Service Medal of the Order of St John for recognition of 12 years’ voluntary service to St John Ambulance.
RECOGNITION: Cheryl Kilgour was awarded a Service Medal of the Order of St John for recognition of 12 years’ voluntary service to St John Ambulance. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

ST JOHN Ambulance volunteer Cheryl Kilgour says she gets every bit as much out of giving her time to "an amazing community" as all the effort she puts in.

Ms Kilgour, of Goonellabah, has been awarded a Service Medal of the Order of St John in recognition of 12 years of voluntary service.

She is one of more than 130 volunteers honoured recently, most of whom received their medals from NSW Governor Marie Bashir at a ceremony in the University of Sydney's Great Hall.

Unfortunately Ms Kilgour was unable to travel down for the annual awards and will be presented with her medal locally.

She said it was a huge honour to be recognised.

"You learn so much, from basic first aid to a wide range of assistance in a variety of fields," she said.

"It's great to work alongside all these dedicated people and see the pride they show in serving their community."

Ms Kilgour said attending rugby union games was a challenging part of her volunteer work because of the number of injuries and, due to the nature of the game, the constant threat of a player being seriously hurt.

But she said it was all part of the diversity of her volunteer work, which extends from sport to music festivals and other community events.

St John (NSW) chief executive officer Mark Newton said awarding the medals was an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding community contributions by St John volunteers and to recognise courageous acts by ordinary people that resulted in lives being saved in emergencies.


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