Respected volunteer dies days after receiving award
DEDICATED volunteer Grahame Sanderson was awarded a long service volunteer award for his work with the Local Ambulance Committee, shortly before passing away on October 12 at the age of 84.
LACs are a conduit between the ambulance service and the community, being attached to ambulance stations of all sizes across Queensland.
With 150 active committees and more than 1300 volunteers, the LACs raise awareness of ambulance services through community engagements, fundraisers, education and research opportunities.
Mr Sanderson was instrumental in introducing health initiatives into local schools and organisations, always lending a hand to the community when necessary.
After joining the LAC in the late 1980s, he became vice president in 1997, and held the role until 2015.
He originally introduced the CPR Awareness (CPRA) program into the local high school in Monto, following his attendance at a state LAC conference.
This proactivitiy was recognised by his peers at the Monto LAC, claiming their chapter was one of the first committees to conduct this in high schools.
The program is currently ongoing each year with grades 7-12 participating.
Speaking with Monto Ambulance Station’s officer in charge Jamie McCracken, he commended Mr Sanderson on his milestone.
“He was a part of this committee for over 30 years, which is a long time to be volunteering,” Mr McCracken said.
“He was always well respected in the community, and whenever the LAC had projects or fundraising initiatives, Grahame was always there to help.”
Through his time on the committee Grahame was heavily involved in school based programs, including the ‘Snakes Alive’,‘Rescue Roos’ and Monto’s ‘Big Day Out’ for local primary schools.
“He was a true gentleman, and he was always the one to put his hand up to give people a hand.”