Neil Akers - Ambulance Victoria
 
At last Monday’s dinner meeting, we welcomed Neil Akers, a recently retired member of Ambulance Victoria, as our guest speaker. 
 
Neil has been a paramedic since 1970 and is a strong advocate for training and continual improvement. He specialized in multi-agency emergency management planning and response, and in building close ties with communities in distress. Neil was involved in the state-wide coordination for the 2009 bushfires including Black Saturday, the Victorian floods in 2010 and 2012 and the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire.
 
 
                  
During the COVID pandemic, Neil accepted the role of Emergency Management Coordinator. He is now involved in mentoring young paramedics as an ambulance community officer, a role he enjoys.
 
Neil commented that the biggest change he had seen in his five decades was the improvement in training for paramedics and the results of the 2008 merger which produced a single state-wide service.

Neil received an Ambulance Service Medal in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.
 
Peter Moran - Angel Flight Australia 
 
Our club recently welcomed Peter Moran, a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight Australia, as the Guest Speaker.
 
Peter’s presentation provided an insight into this charity and the work that the volunteer pilots undertake.
 
Angel Flight Australia is a charity that coordinates non-emergency flights for financially and medically needy people. All flights are free and may also involve compassionate carers traveling to or from medical facilities anywhere in Australia. All pilots are volunteers.

Anyone wishing to follow up donations at a personal level can go to www.angelflight.org.au
 
            
Peter described his own growth into flying, building his own expertise and then joining Angel Flights. As a volunteer pilot he has visited places quite outside his wildest dreams, including queuing to take off behind two F18 fighter jets on a joint civilian/military airbase!
 
It was a most interesting presentation and the Rotary Club of Moe were pleased to donate $250 to Angel Flights.
 
Left:  President Robin presenting a donation of $250 to Peter Moran