THE power of humanity and people helping people may be very simple concepts but they are something the Red Cross performs admirably at in times of emergency and need.
Fundraising for those times is obviously a major part of the esteemed Australian organisation and hence the Muswellbrook branch members are hosting the bi-annual Christmas Tree and Wreath display at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre.
“The art centre is just brilliant to us,” minutes secretary Doreen Scriven said.
“And, Bengalla Mining Company has generously sponsored the Red Cross event from its inception in 2001.
“People in this town are really good to the Red Cross.”
The display is just one of the fundraising activities the hard-working Red Cross members run and this year’s trees include one from Bob Keating in red, white and blue in honour of his grandchildren living in America, as well as one a purple and white one from the Lioness Club.
There is also a knitted, handmade nativity scene, an Angel wreath from the Angel family, and a gorgeous Rudolph wreath from Muswellbrook Pre-School.
“I’m just a committee member,” Diane said confidentially when asked her position within the Red Cross.
“No one is JUST a committee member,” declared Doreen.
“We all work very hard and we like to support local things plus other Australian and overseas causes. If people need help then they should get it,” she added.
Muswellbrook Red Cross president Dianne Keating said 2018 would be a big year for the organisation.
“Next year is the actual 100th anniversary of our service to the community, country and overseas,” she said.
“As 2018 progresses we will hold other functions and we’re looking forward to the celebrations.”
Currently at the art gallery, until December 15, the Red Cross is charging a small fee for people to vote for their favourite tree or wreath.
There is also a raffle, which will be drawn at the presentation of prizes on Friday, December 15.