Helping others motivates Matthew

Matthew Squires.
Matthew Squires.

The 28-year-old Willetton resident was recognised at the St John Ambulance WA Event Health Services annual awards for contributing more than 1000 voluntary hours to his role as the sub-branch’s divisional manager in 2012.

He is so dedicated to the cause that he was unavailable to accept his award at the official ceremony as he was volunteering at a St John cadet camp.

And the community-minded volunteer expects to clock up at least the same amount of hours for 2013.

The accountant and Winthrop Baptist College graduate began volunteering a decade ago after observing St John volunteers at a concert he attended at Point Walter as a teenager.

He spent his spare time learning the ropes during his university study and even recruited several fellow students to the cause.

His experiences have included volunteering at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, backstage at large music events and during bushfire emergencies.

St John Ambulance chief executive Tony Ahern said volunteers played a vital role and set a superb example with their tireless efforts.