ONE of Leeton’s oldest groups is continuing to defy expectations, but help will be needed if 100 years of operation is to be met.
This week the Leeton branch of Red Cross Australia celebrated its 90th anniversary with a luncheon, which was attended by a big crowd from not just in town, but the wider region.
Leeton formed a branch in 1915 and this continued until it was disbanded in 1919.
At that time, it was mainly concerned with putting together packages for servicemen in World War I.
However, in August, 1928 a Mrs E Gerard called a meeting to form a Red Cross Branch in Leeton.
Since then, the group has never looked back.
Current president Enid Tuckett has been in the role for 25 years and a member for 42 years.
“We haven’t had one break in 90 years … there’s been continual meetings since (the formation),” she said.
“I think the Leeton community are aware we exist.
“What I like most about being part of the branch is companionship and the idea that you are helping people who need it.”
The celebratory luncheon also included the presentation of service awards to Leeton members who have given many years of their time to the branch.
The Leeton group continues to be active in the community often hosting raffles, catering at various functions and much more.
However, Mrs Tuckett said she often wondered about the organisation’s future.
“I do worry about it, yes,” she said.
“We need more members. We’re running out.
“More young people would be nice.”
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