Chris led in time of crisis

IT WAS sad to hear about Chris Firns’ passing.

He was someone who always had Toodyay’s interests at heart.

I would like to record the following and express thanks for Chris’s actions on the first and following days of our catastrophic bushfire in 2009.

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Dr Robyn Taylor
Professional Historian (MPHA)

Overwhelming support

ON BEHALF of my family and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to write to The Herald to thank those in the community who have supported me after my dismissal as a volunteer for St John’s Ambulance.

We as a family have been overwhelmed with the kindness and compassion shown towards us during these past difficult months.

We are amazed at the lengths of concern that some have shown and their continued support.

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Charlie Wroth

Farmers Market thanks Herald

ON BEHALF of the Toodyay Farmers Market Committee I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at The Toodyay Herald for your ongoing support for the markets.

We are coming up to our fifth anniversary this April and without people like yourselves supporting us, this milestone would not have been achieved.

So again, thank you one and all.

Sue Wakka
Public Officer
Toodyay Farmers Market Committee

We have your back Charlie

IT IS with heartfelt thanks I am writing this to the supporters of Charlie Wroth.

There are too many of you to thank personally for your individual efforts but please be assured you are all in our hearts and minds.

As Charlie’s sister, I was stunned to hear of his treatment by St John Ambulance WA (SAJA).

He was shattered.

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Barb Thomson

‘Horrific’ death for tame roo

IN THE early hours of 29 December 2019, my friend’s kangaroo Free Beer was tragically run over and killed on West Toodyay Road.

My friend Debbie Dymond adopted Free Beer and Bunji two years ago and raised them by hand on her property in Wooroloo.

The kangaroos had to be fed at four-hourly intervals and Debbie basically put her life on hold for two years to raise these beautiful creatures.

Last month Debbie moved to a property on West Toodyay Road to fulfill her dream of ‘rewilding’ her kangaroos.

Tragically Free Beer wandered onto the road and was killed in horrific circumstances.

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Sara Whincup
Kalgoorlie WA

Tossed onto scrap heap

AFTER more than 30 years of volunteering as an ambulance officer, Charlie Wroth has been tossed on the scrap heap by St John Ambulance’s paid officials.

We tried to find out why our colleague was removed from his position as president of the Toodyay sub-centre last month and sacked from the organisation as a whole but hit the brick wall of bureaucracy.

We were told the reasons for his dismissal were “confidential” and that was as far as we got.

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George Murray

Worst injustice

IT IS with great sadness and sorrow I write this letter in support of former Toodyay St John Ambulance Chairperson Charlie Wroth after his very unfair sacking by the organisation’s hierarchy.

They need to get out into the real world where all the work is done by volunteers who are unpaid.

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Daphne Lee

Appalling treatment

I HAVE been a volunteer with the St John Toodyay Sub-Centre for more than 35 years.

In the years I have worked with Charlie Wroth he has always shown a high level of professionalism and commitment to the St John Ambulance Association.

As a volunteer Charlie has given far more than the community should expect.

Charlie was always available to help and trained new volunteers and played a pivotal role in the successful operation of our centre.

I am disappointed and appalled at the treatment Charlie has received from an organisation I was once proud to work for.

Lyn Somers

No comprehension

I AM Charlie Wroth’s sister and would like to express my thoughts on his dismissal by St John Ambulance.

This followed the Emergency Services Volunteer Forum in Northam on July 3 hosted by the National Party at which he expressed comments and concerns.

This action by St John says a lot about the organisation.

It shows a complete lack of comprehension by paid employees of St John to the work, commitment and sacrifice of the organisation’s volunteers.

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Jan Hocking

How dare they?

I AM EXTREMELY disappointed to lose from our volunteer family a man that I truly admire, who inducted me into the Toodyay St John Ambulance.

Charlie Wroth was always there to offer advice and training, answer queries or just make a phone call to ask if I was OK after a potentially disturbing ambulance call out.

How dare St John management (paid employees) treat so badly one of their most dedicated volunteers who has given years of unpaid service.

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Liz Boston

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