DEDICATION: Centenary luncheon organisers Kate Keogh and Noela Dillon say the Red Cross is about more than a blood donation.
DEDICATION: Centenary luncheon organisers Kate Keogh and Noela Dillon say the Red Cross is about more than a blood donation. Kirstin Payne

Red Cross Warwick celebrates 100 years of helping

A RED cross on a crisp white background, the iconic symbol that can be recognised worldwide in times of desperation and war.

As one of the oldest in the country the Red Cross Warwick branch will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary at a luncheon tomorrow.

Originally founded in 1914 to contribute to the war efforts, the branch's first endeavour was to sew 50 bags for hospitalised soldiers.

"The proximity of time between the first Anzacs and the time the Red Cross started is something to note," organiser and member Kate Keogh said.

"There is so much history in Warwick that people just don't know about," Noela Dillon added.

While celebrating the past the organisers said they are looking for younger members to be part of the global humanitarian movement, stating it is an opportunity to assist locally and overseas.

"It's always a matter of humanity, not what you are or who you are," Mrs Keogh said.

Member of the order of Australia John Pinney will also be speaking at the event.

What: The $50 ticket includes a delicious two-course meal and a $25 donation receipt.

Where: The Print Room, Bryson's Place

When: Tomorrow

Those interested call 4661 4308 to book by 3pm today, tickets sell out fast.

Founding Principles

  • Humanity
    • To prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.
  • Impartiality
    • It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
  • Neutrality
    • The Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies.
  • Independence
    • Always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with principles.
  • Voluntary Service
    • A voluntary relief organization not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
  • Unity
    • It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
  • Universality
    • Equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.


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