Rosemary Campbell is the living embodiment of what the Save The Children Organisation was founded on almost 100 years ago.
On Thursday the Tamworth woman’s tireless 30 year commitment was honoured when she was awarded a life membership, after her failing health caused her to step back from the organisation.
The Save The Children Foundation was founded by Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton in 1919 in the United Kingdom to offer assistance to German and Austrian children who had been displaced by war.
Almost 100 years later the foundation has offices in over 30 countries, offering assistance to children in 123 nations.
The Tamworth branch was opened in 1977 by Dr Peter and Kath Vines and the late Bob Lipman, with Mrs Campbell joining about one year later, and never looking back.
Mrs Campbell, who has served as merchandising officer for 25 years after a term of secretary, became just the third member to be awarded the prestigious life membership alongside the Vines.
“I have always just liked the fact that the foundation does so much for children in times of world upheaval,” Mrs Clifton said.
“Where there is a tragedy, Save The Children is there, they work under very hard conditions, and we are raising money for something very worthwhile.”
STC Manager Mark Sims flew from Melbourne for the ceremony at Weswall Cafe, honouring Mrs Campbell with the award.
“When Eglantyne Jebb started the foundation she had a legacy, a legacy to help children in need. Rosemary has continued Eglantyne’s legacy and faithfully continued her work. For that we have to thank her,” Mr Sim said.
Local branch president Sharon Draper echoed those sentiments.
“Rosemary’s gracious manner, hard work and wisdom will be greatly missed,” Mrs Draper said.
“She has always been very active in promoting all of the activities and encouraging others to become involved by sharing their particular interests and skills, assisting the branch in raising $180,000 over the years.”