Red Cross centenary year’s busy start
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.