Red Cross lunch raises $1200

The Ceduna Red Cross branch hosted its Food for Funds lunch last week which raised $1200.

President Dulcie Wright welcomed 50 people to the lunch, with Red Cross branch members providing the main course and Bobbie Bennett providing the sweets.

Five students from Ceduna Area School – Holly Robinson, Tiarni Degner, Ria Sleep, Ashley Pav and Lucy Lowe, who coincidentally was the branch baby entrant in 2002 – helped to serve the food and in the kitchen, and it was due to having these students present that the event could run smoothly.

Following the main course the branch secretary Ms Bennett welcomed the new baby entrant for 2018-19 – Oliver Noel Ross, the son of Natasha and Grant.

Twenty mystery parcels were drawn at intervals during lunch, while Red Cross Far West regional coordinator Brenton Niemz addressed the gathering on activities present and into the future of Red Cross within the community and surrounding areas.

He said the recent move for the Red Cross office has been welcomed by staff and clients.

Ms Bennett presented the five helpers with a small gift of appreciation for which they were applauded by all present for a great job.

Red Cross volunteer Ken Maynard showed his auctioneering skills as he coaxed buyers to pay well for containers of surplus sweets.

Ms Wright thanked everybody for their attendance, and the branch members and volunteers for their contribution to a very successful day.

Recently, the branch president and secretary visited a Crossways Lutheran School assembly and chapel service, during which time a short presentation on Red Cross was made, and Ms Wright said they looked forward to having further association with the school.

A well-attended bi-monthly meeting was held this week at which it was moved to hold a street stall on Thursday, September 20 to support the baby entrant Oliver, and all items are welcome.

The branch will be entering a float in the Oysterfest parade, and a Remembrance Day defence force and Red Cross service is being arranged for November.