Special recognition for volunteers

Volunteer Anitiva Vatucawaqa Sole (right) receives his award from Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

TO be part of the St John Fiji brigade, one needs to be compassionate and have the passion to save peoples’ lives, says Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

While delivering his speech at the St John Awards night in Suva on Friday night, he said volunteers of St John Fiji were viewed differently by society and little had been done to assist them.

Dr Waqainabete said they had existed for the past 80 years and it was important that they were given special recognition.

“As the Health Minister, I will do my best to explore avenues to help uplift your services and ways in which you immensely contribute in the health system. We should be thankful for the work they (volunteers) do in our society and the responsibilities they hold so dear.

“To be part of St John Fiji, one needs to have the passion to save peoples lives and to be colourblind, willing to assist people from different races,” he said.

Commissioner’s award — youth leader of the year 2018 Anitiva Vatucawaqa Sole said it was an honour to work for St John Fiji over the past 10 years. “I am honoured to be part of this organisation and to work with the community in raising awareness on life safety,” he said.

There are about 1000 registered members of St John Fiji.

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