Century of care

Red Cross vol­un­teers have stayed strong through 100 years

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I hope that we as an or­gan­i­sa­tion can con­tinue as suc­cess­fully in this district as we have been here for the last 100 years. He­len Guppy Bund­aberg district zone rep­re­sen­ta­tive

ONE hun­dred years ago the Aus­tralian Red Cross was formed in re­sponse to the out­break of the First World War.

Soon af­ter, many lo­cal branches were es­tab­lished through­out the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Childers branch.

Through­out the decades the char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion has re­mained at the fore­front of people help­ing people, and Childers was no ex­cep­tion.

The branch’s achieve­ments over the past 100 years were recog­nised last week at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Past and present mem­bers came to­gether with lo­cal coun­cil­lors and or­gan­i­sa­tions to cel­e­brate, rem­i­nisce and share sto­ries of the branch’s valu­able con­tri­bu­tions and hu­man­i­tar­ian work since its hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1914.

The lo­cal branch’s con­tin­u­ous ser­vice was of­fi­cially recog­nised with a cer­tifi­cate of hon­our, pre­sented by Bund­aberg district zone rep­re­sen­ta­tive He­len Guppy.

Ms Guppy spoke about the long and hon­ourable his­tory of the Red Cross.

“Red Cross is a great Aus­tralian story. I think many of you here to­day would have a Red Cross story to tell,” she said.

“It might be a time that you do­nated blood or re­ceived a blood do­na­tion, it might be a time you found some­thing unique at a Red Cross show, it might be a time you vol­un­teered dur­ing a dis­as­ter or in­deed cried on the shoul­der of a Red Cross vol­un­teer when you were faced with dis­as­ter.

“It might be the sto­ries of your loved ones who sup­ported Red Cross dur­ing past wars or you might have had par­ents or grand­par­ents who, like me, were mem­bers.

“I hope that we as an or­gan­i­sa­tion can con­tinue as suc­cess­fully in this district as we have been here for the past 100 years.”

Childers branch pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Fuller spoke proudly of the ser­vice and vol­un­tary work the branch un­der­took to sup­port soldiers and their fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing the prepa­ra­tion of care pack­ages.

“Those women spent (time), in the years of the First World War, work­ing so hard,” Mrs Fuller said.

“They used to knit scarves, cardigans, shirts, and socks. They were go­ing to the men in the trenches,” she said.

“Ev­ery Aus­tralian sol­dier and pris­oner of war re­ceived a par­cel ev­ery two weeks dur­ing the First World War.”

At the meet­ing, long-term mem­ber and branch sec­re­tary Anna Bo­nanno was recog­nised for her 40 years of ser­vice within the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and of­fice bear­ers were pre­sented their badges.

“It’s a great achieve­ment. It just shows that she’s got a lot of com­pas­sion and strong hu­man­i­tar­ian val­ues,” Mrs Fuller said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RED CROSS: Early mem­bers of the Childers ju­nior branch gather for a pho­to­graph at a fundrais­ing stall. This pho­to­graph is be­lieved to have been taken around 1951.

PHOTO: MELINDA BRAD­FORD

SER­VICE HON­OUR: Red Cross Aus­tralia's Bund­aberg district zone rep­re­sen­ta­tive He­len Guppy pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate to Childers branch pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Fuller to recog­nise 100 years of oper­a­tion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BE­LOW: A Red Cross An­zac Day march, about 1950.

RIGHT: A Red Cross Stall in Churchill St, near Childers Butch­ery, about 1949.

Childers branch pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Fuller proudly speaks about the branch's long his­tory.

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