Since completing my Level 1 Event Officer training a few months ago, I've been on a few events, the first being WA Ballet then Mandurah Motorcycle Charity Ride around Christmas time.
The starting point was full of black-shirted, bikie-looking sorts ... quite out of my comfort zone! But with the St John Ambulance uniform on, you become annonymous. People see the uniform, they don't see you as Asian or try and classify you from the way you look. In fact, people would come up and talk to me purely based on the fact that I was a St John Ambulance officer, with some people even calling me a paramedic - they don't make a distinction. So you automatically get some respect just for the uniform and the role.
At the end of the day, it was quite fun to ride down with the large contingent of motorcycles, and then just walk around the final destination looking at groovy bikes and classic cars.
I really really wanted to take a selfie with my uniform and all, but it was quite hard to take one in privacy and when I finally got a moment, passersby giggled at me ....
My next event was volunteering on Australia Day. It was a hot day, the uniform made my itchy rash worse ... so I swore I wouldn't do another event while the weather was still hot.
So far I had only handed out band-aids and an ice-pack, but the next event - ROC obstacle course saw a lot of sprains and injuries come in, along with heat exhaustion. Before even entering the event, I was already stopped by people asking for suncream ... love the uniform ...
I helped write down observations, took a BGL (blood glucose level) and apply ice packs to sprains and foreheads.
It's been difficult finding the time to volunteer now that I'm attending TAFE. Weekends are precious and I know that Rob prefers us doing things together as a family on the weekends. The phone calls asking for time to volunteer are difficult to divert, and I might have to make a decision soon on whether or not to continue.