RED CROSS CALL­ING

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Front Page - Story and pho­tos by Bev Jor­dan

Look out for the red and white col­lec­tion buck­ets from to­day as March 1, marks the start of Red Cross Call­ing which raises funds for Red Cross ser­vices through­out March.

Ini­tially col­lec­tions were or­gan­ised in the com­mu­nity by the Red Cross Vol­un­tary Aid De­tach­ment based in Baulkham Hills with the help of churches and ser­vice groups but later it was or­gan­ised by the newly formed Red Cross Cas­tle Hill Branch. Long-time mem­ber Ann Cou­p­land said: “Af­ter a while we stopped call­ing and knock­ing door-todoor and since then have con­cen­trated on the lo­cal shop­ping cen­tres and Bun­nings stores.

“Ow­ing to the amaz­ing gen­eros­ity of the res­i­dents of

The Hills Shire our Red Cross Cas­tle Hill Branch has been able to raise hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars with ev­ery sin­gle cent raised go­ing to Red Cross projects.”

Cas­tle Hill Red Cross branch has won the Red

Cross Chair­man's shield eight times since 2006 and has raised more than $1 mil­lion with its Red Cross

Call­ing Cam­paign since Oc­to­ber 1989.

Funds help with var­i­ous pro­grams in­cluded cri­sis re­lief such as the re­cent floods in Townsville where the Red Cross man­aged large vol­umes of peo­ple in tem­po­rary evac­u­a­tion cen­tres.

Mem­bers of the Red Cross branch at Cas­tle will be at Du­ral Mall ev­ery Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day and

Sun­day un­til the end of the month. Vol­un­teers will also be at Win­ston Hills Mall Thurs­day through to

Sun­day un­til the end of month, ex­cept for March 14 to

March 17. Both Bun­nings Du­ral and Bun­nings Cas­tle Hill will have Red Cross vol­un­teers col­lect­ing at the week­ends.

CAS­TLE HILL Red Cross vol­un­teers (L to R) Shirley Purser, Carol Hard­ing and Donna Fraser. Red Cross Call­ing is for the whole of March

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