Padbury Red Cross unit celebrates 30th anniversary

Padbury Red Cross founding members Hilda Tompkins, Lesley Gardner, Zona Kable, Bertha Jones, and Eileen Wright. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Padbury Red Cross founding members Hilda Tompkins, Lesley Gardner, Zona Kable, Bertha Jones, and Eileen Wright. Photo: Martin Kennealey

THE Padbury Red Cross unit marked its 30th anniversary this month by awarding 30-year medals to founding members who are still involved.

Unit liaison officer Jean Doig said the unit started as a craft-based coffee club three decades ago.

“We held many stalls at various fetes and events to raise money for Red Cross,” she said.

“We had a successful op shop in the old Dome in McDonald Reserve with donations of clothing and bric-a-brac.

“We had blood drives at Craigie High School and some people from there still go regularly to donate blood at various centres around the area.”

Padbury Red Cross members. Photo: Martin Kennealey

Mrs Doig said while membership had once been 30 people of all ages, numbers had dwindled to 11 and more members would be welcome.

“We still get together regularly for coffee, a chat and to continue our craft,” she said.

“We make various items such as care dolls, trauma teddies, knitted toys that are donated to the children in hospital and crochet or knitted blankets for Wheelchairs for Kids.

“We meet regularly on a Wednesday morning from 9.30am until 11.30am at Gibson Park Community Centre in Padbury.”

Call Jean on 9448 8520 or 0416 003 028 for more information.