Tea Rooms are do­ing it tough

Man­ager calls for more vol­un­teers

The Northern Star - - NEWS - FRAN­CIS WITSENHUYSEN Fran­cis.Witsenhuysen@north­ern­star.com.au

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.

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