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How Auxiliary member and volunteer Shirley helps save lives in her community

May 25, 2018 | in Community News

Meet Shirley.

She loves her community of Wedderburn and she loves the important role she plays in helping save lives.

Shirley knows first-hand just how challenging medical emergencies can be in rural and regional Victoria. She was inspired to make a difference in her community and since starting with the Charlton and District Ambulance Auxiliary 18 years ago (with 14 years concurrently serving as a CERT committee member in Wedderburn) she’s seen health services in her local area steadily grow.

Wedderburn now has a permanent ambulance, CERT officers and fulltime paramedic.

Because of Shirley – Wedderburn now also has seven life-saving defibrillators.

You won’t be surprised to learn that Shirley has been short-listed as a finalist in the 2018 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards – her dedication and commitment to service has given her community healthcare options they didn’t have before.

We all know it takes a community to save a life – we just wish all communities had someone like Shirley!