Tea Rooms are doing it tough
Manager calls for more volunteers
THE threat of permanent closure continues to loom for Lismore’s Red Cross Tea Rooms as volunteer numbers reach an all-time low.
Not to be confused with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, the tea rooms were established in 1959 to raise money to support local Australian Red Cross services by serving cakes, hot and cold drinks and sandwiches to the community at a low cost.
Due to the shortage of volunteers, manager Lynn Felsch last week was forced to reduce the tea rooms’ opening hours and cease Monday trading completely. “It’s sad,” Mrs Felsch said. “When I started 12 years ago we had 38 volunteers; now we have 12.
“We’ve only been open again for nine months after having to close for six months after the flood.
“There is a very real chance we will have to close permanently if we can’t find more volunteers.”
Mrs Felsch said she hoped for another 20 volunteers to join the team, which would enable them to resume trading five days a week.
“We would welcome help from anyone with a few hours to spare on one or two days a month,” she said.
“There is no special training required.”
After seeing Mrs Felsch’s recent call for help on Facebook, Lismore MP Thomas George stopped in to the tea rooms to show his support.
“I dropped in to have lunch and chat with the hard-working volunteers,” Mr George said.
“If anyone can spare any time, I encourage you to get in contact – it is up to us to keep this service afloat. This is an important part of our community.”
The Red Cross Tea Rooms are open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 2pm. Shifts may be three or five hours and groups of friends wanting to work together can be catered for.
To volunteer or for more information contact Mrs Felsch on 662176 42 or 0490 147 363, or through the Facebook page Lismore Red Cross Tea Rooms
CALL FOR HELP: Lismore MP Thomas George with Lismore Red Cross Tea Rooms volunteers, from left, Honey Kindred, Mary Lemon, Norma Blume and Gloria Francis.