A special place in Diggers’ hearts

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: Red Cross members, from left, Kay Ledwos, Dawn Wheeler and Ken Hall were proud to march with other Red Cross members in the Anzac Day march in Tamworth. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250414GOC01

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: Red Cross members, from left, Kay Ledwos, Dawn Wheeler and Ken Hall were proud to march with other Red Cross members in the Anzac Day march in Tamworth. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250414GOC01

THE Red Cross has always held a special place in the heart of Australia’s Diggers.

This year the organisation celebrates its centenary – it’s no coincidence it’s also the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

To thank them for their selfless devotion to Australia’s military personnel, the Tamworth RSL Sub-branch included the local branch members of the Red Cross in a prominent position in the Anzac Day march this year.

You could not miss them decked out in their red and white uniforms.

Tamworth Red Cross president Dawn Wheeler said there were events planned for this year, such as a special rug being given to the first baby born in May in Tamworth to mark the centenary.

Trauma teddies, which are given to children who have to go to hospital or in an ambulance, will be dressed in red, black and white this year and there will be a cake bake sale at Bunnings later in the year.

Mrs Wheeler said they wanted to remember and celebrate the way the Red Cross was involved in all wars.

“About half of the early nurses were from the Red Cross in 1914 and were largely untrained,” she said.

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