Jamberoo's Emma Blunden picks up St John Ambulance gong

Emma Blunden is presented with her award by Dr Neil Conn, Lord Prior of The Order of St John.
Emma Blunden is presented with her award by Dr Neil Conn, Lord Prior of The Order of St John.

A JAMBEROO teenager has received high honours during the state-wide St John Ambulance awards. 

The Governor of NSW David Hurley attended the recent St John Ambulance NSW Annual Awards ceremony, where he presented accolades to South Coast residents, including Emma Blunden of Jamberoo. 

The ceremony took place at the University of Sydney’s Great Hall on October 25. 

Ms Blunden, 18, was awarded with the Grand Prior’s Badge; an award that was granted as a Royal Badge by King George V and is the highest honour a Cadet Member can receive after proficiency in 12 subjects.

Ms Blunden of St John Ambulance Kiama recently completed her HSC at St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Albion Park and plans to study childcare at TAFE. 

She joined the ambulance program in year 6, and had been working towards this honour since about 2008.

Ms Blunden said she would continue to assist the organisation.

“When I was in year 4 my mum joined, so it kind of started there,” she said.

“Two years later, they introduced a cadet category.

“You make some new friends because people come and go, and you learn new skills that can help myself and other people.” 

 St John NSW Commissioner, Didier Moutia, said that the ceremony is a premier event for the organisation. 

“It’s a chance to celebrate and publicly recognise not only St John members, but people of the greater community,” Mr Moutia said. 

“Whether it’s for performing lifesaving first aid, an act of bravery or outstanding voluntary service – all of the awardees are to be commended for their amazing achievements.”

To find out more about St John, learn first aid or become a volunteer, visit stjohnnsw.com.au or phone 1300360455.