Heart for service and making Ut Prosim a practical reality

Victoria Z a Year 11 student, recently spoke at assembly about her wonderful and fulfilling experience working with St John Ambulance.

Victoria joined St John in February 2018 as she was contemplating pursuing a career in paramedicine or nursing and knew joining St John would provide some valuable experiences.

Since joining, she has been through the St John Ambulance Cadet Program, and is now a trained Volunteer First Aider and continues to train and up-skill herself with ongoing weekly topic-specific such as eye care and diabetic care. Currently Victoria is a NCO ( non-commissioned officer or cadet corporal) and hopes to become a Cadet Leader once she turns eighteen.

Read Victoria’s speech below.

Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum. For Faith, For Service to Humanity.

St. John is an organisation which provides first aid for events and for emergency situations. I’m a cadet corporal which means I am a non-commissioned officer but most importantly I’m a volunteer first aider. I provide first aid help at events such as sporting games like A-league soccer, concerts like Post-Malone and events like the Sydney’s Royal Easter Show. 

Through my volunteer work, I get to meet some very important people like the Mayor of Bankstown for example. Being a cadet involves meeting once a week and training first aid and also a badge topic, for example, safe driving or animal safety. 

I have made so many friends from different schools, states and countries by meeting at division, state, national or international camps. Getting to meet others just as passionate about helping people as I am. 

Divisions range in size and are made up of boys and girls aged 12-18. Not only has it taught me leadership skills but it also has taught me the skills to save someone's life. Did you know if you do a first aid course with St. John you’re most likely going to use the skills you’ve learnt to help someone you know and you could save their life.

Being a part of the organisation for a year now I have helped many people with injuries ranging from broken fingers to a cardiac arrest. It has taught me how to manage stressful situations to achieve the best outcomes. There are lots of leadership opportunities and awards like Dux and Cadet of the year for your division, both of which I was the recipient of last year. These awards recognise leadership skills and service to St. John. You can use your St John experiences to count towards your Duke of ED skill and service aspects. 

Overall St John is a lot of fun, from my experience, I can say there's no better feeling than helping someone in need. If anyone is interested in joining or finding out more you can come to speak to me or email me and I’ll be happy to talk to you about it. 

Thanks, girls.
Victoria Zambetti, Year 11

Danebank girls are encouraged to look to the wider community and to respond to the needs of others, exemplifying the school's motto  ‘ut prosim’, meaning That I May Serve. Learn more about our Service in Action here.

St John has more than 3500 youth members, it aims to teach and develop young people’s first aid skills and have them engage in community service.
Learn more about St John and how you can get involved here.