The Bunnaloo Red Cross folded last month after 75 years in operation.JESS CRAIG March 13, 2014 4:22am
It was the end of an era when the Bunnaloo Red Cross folded last month.
In operation for 75 years, the Bunnaloo branch raised thousands of dollars for community members in need, with volunteers tirelessly giving their time.
Finishing with four members
The branch started just weeks after the declaration of World War II, in September 1939.
Mrs Thompson, a Red Cross veteran of more than 50 years, and good friend Mrs Pocklington, who has given more than 60 years of service, said they would miss the friendship the branch provided.
‘‘It is sad,’’ Mrs Thompson said.
‘‘When I first became involved in the Red Cross, it was an outlet
‘‘These days, most women are at work, so it’s different.’’
Mrs Pocklington said the loss of the branch would be felt around the district.
The Riv met three of the four members, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Pocklington and Mrs Holschier on Tuesday.
Vice-president Mrs Howarth was unable to attend.
The three members were quick to point out that the branch would not have survived, had it not been for the work of many members of the years.
‘‘This is not about individuals. There have been so many people involved over the years,’’ Mrs Pocklington said.
‘‘We would certainly like to thank the community who have supported the branch over the years.
‘‘We could not have lasted this long without support.’’
Since the group’s inception, members have been knitting, sewing and door-knocking to raise money to be sent to the Red Cross headquarters in Melbourne.
The Bunnaloo group hosted Gown of the Year events for about 20 years, raising about $40,000.
‘‘It was such an event, with so much work involved
‘‘There would be a truck arrive with all of the gowns from the competition, along with a catwalk and we would set that up in the old Paramount Theatre.
‘‘It took about three days: one to set up, one to host the event and one to pack everything up.’’
The branch also hosted garden parties and functions and raised money for the annual March appeal.
Shepparton residents have livened up Parliament House with pyjamas for the #allaboardshepparton campaign for better rail services.
Local kayaking athletes Brea Roadley and Kayla Whinray have continued making a splash in their sport on both a national and international level.
Dairy Australia is celebrating Australia’s most vibrant regional communities through a search for Australia’s Legendairy Capital 2015.
Vision Super was one of the top three fundraisers in the Murray to Moyne charity bike ride in March.
Rochester petrol station operators welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement last week it was launching an inquiry into petrol drive-offs, but maintained drive-offs were not common in the town.
Jackson Gentle beats younger sibling Cooper in thrilling Parkland decider
What will it take for politicians to start taking Nagambie's case for an ambulance seriously?
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
The hard work and loyal service of district police officers was formally recognised last week with three Heathcote officers receiving awards or commendations from Victoria Police.
This weekend, Barooga Football and Netball Club will take a walk down memory lane when it revisits the club’s special and spectacular highlights as part of a special Heritage Round on Saturday.
First Deniliquin crop shows promise.
There may never be a solution to the Murray-Darling Basin and managing its water — Australia’s greatest natural asset.
Rivals Benalla Saints and Shepparton United will put on a show for the WorkSafe Match of the Month on Sunday.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.