Red Cross cen­te­nary year’s busy start

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - ~ Thelma Ryan

With the cen­te­nary year at the half­way mark, Ber­ri­gan Red Cross has been very busy mark­ing off some im­por­tant events.

To com­mence the year the branch held a suc­cess­ful Valen­tine's Day lun­cheon with funds raised go­ing to Red Cross Call­ing.

On An­zac Day, two mem­bers were guest speak­ers at the com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice, Mrs Thelma Ryan and Mr Andrew Horne.

Through the very suc­cess­ful Pop up Bou­tique, the branch raised $13,720 to go to the Syria Ap­peal.

Lo­cal mem­bers at­tended the Sun­day ser­vice at the Pres­by­te­rian Church to recog­nise World Red Cross Day.

In the same week, zone rep­re­sen­ta­tive Anne Wil­son and branch trea­surer Lyn­dall Horne at­tended World Red Cross Day cel­e­bra­tions held at Par­lia­ment House in Syd­ney.

Dame Marie Bashir was in at­ten­dance and pre­sented Ser­vice Awards, Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Awards and Distin­guished Ser­vice Awards.

Mar­ion Wilkins, a Ber­ri­gan branch mem­ber from Aberdeen, was recog­nised with an Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Medal.

Mrs Horne was awarded a Distin­guished Ser­vice Award for her won­der­ful work for Ber­ri­gan Red Cross.

The Zone 29 Con­fer­ence was held in Ber­ri­gan with mem­bers from Corowa, Fin­ley, Jer­ilderie and Lan­gu­nah in at­ten­dance.

The lo­cals were pleased to have re­gional man­ager John Po­cius, ac­com­pa­nied by Kate Jo­han­son from Wagga, join­ing them.

Mr Po­cius had the plea­sure of pre­sent­ing Ber­ri­gan branch with a beau­ti­ful plaque to com­mem­o­rate 100 years of con­tin­u­ous ser­vice to Aus­tralian Red Cross.

Other branches re­ceived cer­tifi­cates to recog­nise the cen­te­nary of Aus­tralian Red Cross.

Prior to lunch, the first guest speaker was branch mem­ber Andrew Horne from Wol­lon­gong.

Mr Horne is a mem­ber of the NSW Divi­sion­ary Board and he was very hon­oured to be home and speak­ing at the zone con­fer­ence.

He gave a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion on 2013 Red Cross and Red Cres­cent statu­tory meet­ings held in Syd­ney last Novem­ber and the Youth En­gage­ment Strat­egy.

‘‘Andrew had some beau­ti­ful pho­tos, with the Opera House coloured red an im­pres­sive sight to see,’’ Mrs Ryan said.

Af­ter lunch, Yas­min McGrath and two stu­dents from Fin­ley High School – Matthew McVeigh and Dim­ity Sharp – gave an in­ter­est­ing talk on their visit to Ti­mor-Leste (East Ti­mor) in early March.

It was en­cour­ag­ing to see youth en­gaged in vol­un­teer­ing.

The af­ter­noon con- cluded with branch re­ports be­ing read.

Plan­ning is un­der­way for cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in Au­gust.

On Thurs­day, Au­gust 14, the branch is un­veil­ing a cen­te­nary plaque ded­i­cated to 100 years of Red Cross in Ber­ri­gan, at the RSL Club at 10.30am. Morn­ing tea will fol­low.

On Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 20, the branch is launch­ing its ‘Af­ter­noon Tea De­lights’ recipe book at a tapas evening, fol­lowed by the 100th birth­day lun­cheon on Thurs­day.

The Red Cross mem­bers will be de­lighted to have Aus­tralian Red Cross pres­i­dent Michael Legge in at­ten­dance, as well as many other distin­guished guests from Red Cross and the fam­i­lies of found­ing mem­bers.

Ber­ri­gan Red Cross mem­bers (back) Anne Wil­son, Gay Fen­nell, Ann Ack­erly, Mar­ion Dick­ins, Co­ral Gaunt, Lyn­dall Horne, Andrew Horne, Iso­bel Ryan (front) Pam Ryan, Mar­jory Atkin­son, Thelma Ryan, Leila and Ge­orge Bat­ten.

Dim­ity Sharp, Yas­min McGrath and Mathew McVeigh at­tended Ber­ri­gan Red Cross to give a talk on their re­cent trip to Ti­mor Leste.

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