A love of reading first-aid books led Eliza Geraghty to join St John Ambulance.

In 2013, as a year 9 student, Eliza signed up as a volunteer with St Monica’s College’s St John Ambulance youth division.

Since then, her dedication for helping others has been recognised, with Eliza, 18, recently winning the Peter Falkland Award for Youth Member of the Year.

The award is given to a high achieving young member and recognises their commitment to St John Ambulance. As part of the award,
Eliza will take on the role of aide-de-camp to
the Victorian St John Ambulance commissioner.

Eliza, who helps train the St Monica College’s volunteers, said she liked that volunteering
with St John Ambulance allowed her to
help other people and be involved in the community.

“I like the people I get to meet and work with and getting to go to different events,” she said. “I enjoy being involved with first-aid competitions and now I am passing on my skills and teaching others how to participate and work.”

St Monica’s College principal Brian Hanley said Eliza had demonstrated a remarkable commitment to volunteering.

“Her leadership is critical to the success of the program at St Monica’s College and the award is well deserved,” he said.