St John SA Honours ANZACs with Statewide Vigils

St John SA Honours ANZACs with Statewide Vigils

24 April 2019

St John Ambulance SA cadets will hold night-long vigils at War Memorials across the state in honour of the ANZACs from 6pm on Wednesday 24 April until 6am on Thursday 25 April, just before ANZAC Day dawn services commence.

Youth Vigil locations include Adelaide CBD, Morphett Vale, Edwardstown, Smithfield, Blackwood, Marion, Gawler and Mount Gambier, to name a few.

“It is a long-standing tradition for St John cadets to be involved in the ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil, which incorporates youth from a number of service and community groups”, says Michael Cornish, CEO St John Ambulance SA.

“The Vigils are a great way for cadets to learn about and honour the contributions made by the ANZACs”.

First aid coverage will also be provided by volunteers at a number of ANZAC Day services, from Colonel Light Gardens, Salisbury and Largs Bay to Hallett Cove, Victor Harbor, Mount Barker, Port Pirie and beyond, highlighting the footprint of St John across South Australia.
Just last year at the Semaphore ANZAC Day dawn service, St John Ambulance SA volunteers successfully resuscitated an attendee of the service, who collapsed after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. If St John volunteers had not been there ready to act, the outcome for the patient may have been very different.

St John Ambulance SA volunteers provide a vital service to the community throughout the year, and particularly on ANZAC Day when such widespread first aid coverage is required.

Members of the public will be cared for by St John volunteers at over 30 ANZAC Day events throughout South Australia this year.