St John celebrates achievers with town hall function

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Maniototo St John young and old gathered to celebrate in Ranfurly on Monday night.

Operational members and the youth division cadets were awarded a range of certificates, badges and service medals in the Ranfurly Town Hall.

Maniototo St John chaplain Christine Cleugh welcomed everyone to the evening, which was a celebration of St John in the Maniototo community.

Founding member of Roxburgh St John and long-serving St John volunteer Doug Dance was on hand to present two of the evening’s most significant awards, the Grand Prior’s Award.

Courtney Smith and Dylan Boulton-Voice were recognised for their dedication and commitment to earning the award.

The Grand Prior’s Award is the top award for St John cadets, for which they set and achieve goals in different activities.

The two Maniototo cadets gained the award by completing six compulsory badges, six badges of their own choice, and 100 hours of community service.

Mr Dance said the Grand Prior’s Award was very important in St John and would guide the pair through their journeys into the future.

“It takes a lot of work and a lot of concentration and a lot of dedication.

“It is a challenge.”

The pair were the fourth and fifth recipients of the award in the Maniototo.

Divisional youth manager Jayne Hazlett said the youth cadets had been running for nine years in the Maniototo.

“Last year was the first year we had Grand Prior’s.

“It’s a huge achievement because it’s a lot of work and a lot of dedication.”

Mrs Hazlett said Courtney and Dylan had also been lucky to have great support from their parents and leaders.

Grace Farquhar, Alivia Steele and Paxton Francis were given their Super Penguin awards.

Junior cadets aged 6-8 years have to work through nine badges and, if they complete them all, they become Super Penguins.

Maniototo St John station manager Glenis Crutchley awarded her 27 years of service badge.