Coleambally Red Cross celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday, June 29, at the Coleambally Community Club, the month and date 50 years since when it was inaugurated. The inaugural meeting was held at the Coleambally North School, a very small school at the town end of Channel 9 Road.
Of the original 22 members, two members attended the 2017 luncheon and cut the birthday cake. Four others were contacted but unable to attend due to previous commitments with their families or travel. Visitors from Jerilderie, Leeton, Darlington Point and Wagga Red Cross Branches attended the celebrations as did local people and past Red Cross members who now live in other places.
Speakers on the day included Murrumbidgee Council Administrator, Mr Austin Evans, who spoke of the value of volunteers. Mr John Pociles, Red Cross Regional representative from Wagga, who spoke of current initiatives of the Red Cross in country areas. Mrs Denny Scott, Zone 25 Representative of the Red Cross then spoke of the environment and history of the commencement of Red Cross in the area. Lastly, the Coleambally Red Cross President, Mrs Joyce Chirgwin spoke of the current Red Cross activities in Coleambally, including it’s fundraising and social activities. Grateful thanks are extended to the overwhelming support the Coleambally Red Cross received from locals.
Red Cross thanks St Peter's Primary School for their rendition of the National Anthem, Coleambally Central School’s Danielle Mannes, Chantal Knight and Abbey Young, and the Coleambally Community Club.