ASB’s Joy Galloway and Morrinsville Area Committee Chair Neil Rogers

ASB’s Joy Galloway and Morrinsville Area Committee Chair Neil Rogers

Joy Galloway is a Branch Banking Consultant for ASB in Morrinsville, the town where she was born and raised. She’s been serving on the St John Area Committee since 2010 which complements her role at ASB perfectly, seeing as the Bank is St John’s national partner.

“Our branch manager had been on the Area Committee, so when she went on maternity leave, I was happy to take over her volunteer position on the Committee, and I volunteered to join the HEARTsafe Committee too,” Joy says. “I love the experiences I have had volunteering for St John, particularly working out and about in the community.”

Joy gets involved with fundraising by running raffles and sausage sizzles. She also helps St John with local education programmes such as assisting with blood pressure tests in the street during appeal week, and teaching school children about first aid.

“Last year I suggested to St John that they could bring an ambulance to local schools to create awareness of St John’s work and teach kids about emergency response. St John thought it was a great idea. Over two days we visited all the primary schools in the area – the students got to see inside an ambulance and we had the chance to teach them some basic emergency response skills including the first things to do and who they should call. They all donated a gold coin, which went towards the St John annual appeal.

 “Just this morning we were at a school hot air ballooning event. We didn’t do any fundraising for St John, it was more about being present in the community. St John were teaching students CPR and giving out little goody bags. It was huge fun for everyone.”

Every year ASB in Morrinsville holds a golf day for local clients. A raffle held during the event raises funds for St John – prizes are donated by local businesses, then the proceeds from ticket sales are matched dollar-for-dollar by ASB. The latest golf day raised money to buy two community defibrillators, which are kept at the ASB branch and New World supermarket.

“Now that the town has defibrillators, we’re making sure people know how to use them. ASB has held several training days. Our goal is to have Morrinsville recognised as a HEARTsafe town,” explains Joy.  “This means if someone has a cardiac arrest, there would be people nearby who could use a defibrillator to help.”

As part of her involvement with St John, Joy has completed several first aid courses, which included CPR and AED training.  She takes confidence from knowing that she could make a difference if someone had a medical emergency while she was there.

“In Morrinsville, everyone knows everybody. We like to help each other out however we can,” says Joy.  “We’re a bit like that at ASB too – I know it sounds cheesy, but ASB in Morrinsville is like a family. We all go out to dinner regularly and you know that if you get stuck with anything, there’s always someone to ring. It’s a really rewarding place to work and I can always call on my colleagues to lend a hand with my volunteering duties for St John – they love to pitch in.”

Derek Ogden, St John Area Youth Manager for Piako/Cambridge, says that Joy lives up to her name, and is a joy to work with. “It’s an absolute pleasure working with Joy. She’s positive and cheerful, she provides motivation in all that she does and nothing is ever a problem. Joy is the first to put her hand up to help with anything and supports St John and the community with huge energy.  Joy’s passion and enthusiasm for St John helps make the ASB and St John relationship in Morrinsville such a success.”

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