Red Cross staff members Joanne McKinnon and Frances Iles socialise prior to the lunch.
Red Cross staff members Joanne McKinnon and Frances Iles socialise prior to the lunch.

Red Cross hails century of work nationally and locally

RED Cross staff, members and outsiders got together yesterday over a lunch to celebrate 100 years of the Red Cross in Australia.

Red Cross Divisional Advisory Board chairman John Pinney AM, who was a guest speaker at the lunch, noted that Red Cross had reached a major milestone.

"We're pretty proud of it, it's a huge milestone," Mr Pinney said.

"Last year was the 150th anniversary worldwide and this year is the 100th anniversary of Red Cross both in Australia and in Warwick.

"Red Cross started in wartime and has branched out to civilians.

"It looks out for vulnerable people regardless of race, religion or anything else."

One of those who attended the lunch was Joan McLellan, who has volunteered with the Red Cross bloodbank for 52 years.

"One of the doctors working for Red Cross knew I had a science degree and he asked me to join because of my background," Mrs McLellan said.

"Technology has made quite a difference over time, particularly for the stage where the blood has been taken."

Mrs McLellan said her favourite part of volunteering was the lifelong friends she made.



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