Ovens & Murray Advertiser

Community rallies for Red Cross Calling appeal

- By CORAL COOKSLEY

LOCAL residents dug into their pockets for this year’s annual Red Cross Calling appeal with a tally of close to $1500 raised for the cause.

Red Cross volunteers ran the March COVIDSafe fundraiser from the Beechworth kiosk as the usual door-knock campaign could not take place.

Beechworth Red Cross branch chair Julia Smith said members collected donations on Friday and Saturday mornings at the kiosk throughout the month.

“Many trauma teddies and Red Cross REDiplans, which are preparatio­n plans for emergencie­s, were distribute­d too,” she said.

“We were delighted with funds raised, and would like to thank the community once again for its support during the appeal.

“We and many of our other collectors missed the regular connection with our neighbourh­ood where in previous years we had about 60 collectors doorknocki­ng and usually raised around $7000.

“It proves that our local doorknock campaigns are the ones that really work.”

Ms Smith said dollars raised will go towards funding many programs Red Cross offered such as breakfast clubs, patient transport, phone calls to check on people’s wellbeing known as Telecross, and Telechat where phone calls help connect people to the community especially if they are isolated.

“We would like to thank our donors and our members who assisted at the kiosk with a special thank you to our Red Cross Calling coordinato­r Gwen Gray, and Simon and Wendy Kelly who did so much to make this year’s campaign work,” she said.

“Those who missed us at the kiosk can still make a donation by visiting www.redcross.org.au or by calling 1800 811 700.”

 ?? PHOTO: Coral Cooksley ?? DEDICATED: Beechworth Red Cross branch member Gwen Gray has coordinate­d the annual Red Cross Calling appeal for many years.
PHOTO: Coral Cooksley DEDICATED: Beechworth Red Cross branch member Gwen Gray has coordinate­d the annual Red Cross Calling appeal for many years.

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