LAST financial year, the small band of members of the Lithgow branch of the Australian Red Cross managed to fundraise and donate about $14,000, to assist with dealing with floods and disasters which have recently affected Australian communities.
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Now in its 76th year of operation, this hard working branch is set for a busy 2012-13 fundraising calendar.

On September 14 members are planning a Big Cake Bake with delicious Devonshire teas and home cooked goodies to be on sale from 10am at Red Cross House, located in Main Street’s Queen Elizabeth Park.

They are hoping the community will support this activity by purchasing and enjoying delicious homemade treats.

On October 26 the branch is hoping to have another fundraising activity with a movie morning-lunch at Lithgow Community Cinema.

On August 2 Lithgow branch held its annual meeting and elected the new officers for 2012-13.

The new president is June Mays, vice presidents Barry Mays and Margaret Hardie, secretary Louise Cameron, assistant secretary Pat Charlton, treasurer Norma Stephenson, assistant treasurer Margaret Buckley, publicity officer Kaye Preema, with patrons: Judith White, Ethel Blackadder, Jean Crook, Marie Evans, Jean Dawson and Janet Lesslie.

The new president farewelled outgoing president Heather Venables, thanking her for her wonderful contribution and hard work and wished her well in her move to Victoria.

Several of the local members of Australian Red Cross have been involved in helping provide personal support and emergency assistance at the Brisbane and Moree floods.

Some members have also received team leader training.

Local members have been involved in providing Emergency REDiPlan information sessions to several local groups such as the VIEW and Quota clubs to help members in the community be more prepared in the case of an emergency situation.

Being prepared in advance can make emergencies less stressful and save precious time.

Should you or your household be affected by and emergency, a household emergency plan helps you to be more resilient and can reduce disruption.

This involves having an emergency kit prepared in the case of an evacuation order or if having to deal with an emergency situation, where it maybe necessary to remain in your home.

Family members, friends and neighbours are often vital in assisting during and emergency.

Any organisation which may be interested in hosting one of these important Emergency REDiPlan information sessions or for information on the Big Cake Bake or Red Cross contact the Lithgow branch secretary Louise Cameron on 6352 2364.

If you would like to become a member of this hard working and inspiring group the Lithgow branch meets at 1.30pm on the first Thursday of the month in their Red Cross rooms pop along or call Louise on the number above.

OUTGOING: President June Mays presented outgoing president Heather Venables with cake and small gift. lm081312redcross1

NEW COMMITTEE: From left Louise Cameron, Barry Mays, June Mays, Margaret Buckley and Norma Stephenson. lm081312redcross

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