20 years at Red Cross earns award
FOR nearly 20 years Peter Stewart has given selfless and loyal service, aiding the future of the Australian Red Cross Warwick branch.
Well known as Mr Red Cross, he was recently awarded a Red Cross Service Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution since 1993, 10 years of which he served as president until he stepped back to a member position last December.
“It was very unexpected actually, I was surprised to receive it,” Mr Stewart said.
“I always seemed to have a soft spot for Red Cross ever since I was in business over 20 years ago and when I retired I became president.”
In his Red Cross career he was instrumental in getting the Intensive Family Care Unit to the area as they needed somewhere to base their organisation.
“It looks at people who are struggling with small children.
“I always thought that was good,” Mr Stewart said.
He took his role very seriously as he helped keep the premises open and offered support if there was a problem.
“We don’t have a lot of natural disasters around Warwick but we help Red Cross raise money for those,” Mr Stewart said.
The Australian Red Cross Queensland Divisional Board chairman Alan Clayton wrote to Mr Stewart and said without voluntary service like he provided the organisation would not be what it was today.
“You are a very special person who has given service beyond and above what we expect,” Mr Clayton wrote.
Volunteers are always needed. If you are interested, the Red Cross meets the third Monday of each month at 2pm at the Red Cross rooms on Guy Street.