Dedicated volunteers from St John Ambulance Caloundra have received an early Christmas present in the form of a new Toyota Hilux thanks to a State Government grant.
It comes after the local division of the first aid organisation successfully received more than $30,000 in a grant from Round 77 of the State Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Divisional member Warren Hill said the new car will act as a mobile first aid post, carrying vital rescue equipment and providing much needed assistance to the volunteers, who previously used their own cars.
“Thanks to this funding and the strong support from the local community the Caloundra Division will continue to provide first aid care to Sunshine Coast residents and visitors,” Mr Hill said.
“This has set us up with a vehicle that will do anything we need.
“It’s fully fitted out with sliding drawers, a canopy to keep our first-aid equipment weather proof and satellite navigation.”
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle congratulated the local division on receiving the grant.
“St John Caloundra are an important part of the Caloundra community, providing vital first aid treatments, and are a worthy recipient of this grant,” Mr McArdle said.
“They are dedicated to helping others and I’m glad they have been able to receive a helping hand.”
St John Caloundra have provided first aid at more than 100 events this year, including the Caloundra Music Festival, school fetes and carnivals.
They currently have more than 35 members ranging from cadets and first aiders to paramedics and are always looking for more members. They meet every Tuesday at the Caloundra Coastguard building at 7.30pm.