A 50 year reunion for St John cadets will be held in November

VOLUNTEERING as a St John Ambulance cadet gave Anne Smith self-confidence and a set of values.

The former Warrnambool woman was 12-years-old when she signed up to the organisation and said her time volunteering brought many rewards.

She said after completing preliminary first aid training and a preliminary home nursing course the cadets were sent to sports events, agricultural shows and the speedway.

MEMORIES: Former Warrnambool woman Anne Smith is organising a 50-year reunion for St John Ambulance cadets. Picture: Christine Ansorge

MEMORIES: Former Warrnambool woman Anne Smith is organising a 50-year reunion for St John Ambulance cadets. Picture: Christine Ansorge

“I just loved it,” she said. “To me it was helping other people and that pride of belonging to an organisation such as St John Ambulance.”

Mrs Smith has put a call out to people who were part of Warrnambool’s St John Ambulance cadets in the late 1960s to the 1980s.

She is organising a 50-year reunion for the Warrnambool division and said about 45 members had been found but there were about 160 members who had not been contacted.

“Fifty years on, I think it’s time to get the gang back together, to share memories, have a laugh and catch up on the last five decades,” she said.

“I just loved volunteering at St John, and met so many fantastic, talented people. It would be great to see them all again.”

Mrs Smith has started a Facebook group to find missing members. The group is called Warrnambool St John Ambulance Cadets 1968-1980s. Anyone interested in the reunion on November 17 and 18 should contact Mrs Smith on 0411 125 448.