Lucindale Red Cross to disband

LUCINDALE Red Cross is preparing to close the books on a long history.

The branch has been around since World War I but is likely to disband at its upcoming meeting.

President Phyl McDowall said it was a sad day but had probably been inevitable for a little while.

"We called our annual meeting earlier this month and four people turned up," she said.

"Age and sickness has got to us. Unless someone who is younger and interested can help out we've reached the end of our tether. I just don't think we can keep doing what we're doing any more."

Mrs McDowall said it wasn't that people didn't want to get involved, they were just too busy.

"The young ones are so busy with other commitments like sport and young families."

Lucindale first started its Red Cross group in 1914. It has about 10 paid members on average attending the bi-monthly meetings.

Over the years the branch has raised funds through catering, a hot dog stand at the SE Field Days, raffles and appeal letters supporting a local baby.

Mrs McDowall said she had many fond memories from her almost 50-year involvement.

"Meeting the babies and mothers has always been wonderful," she said. "It was great because we never really had to sell - people have always wanted to help and have been so generous."

It has been suggested that members form a club as opposed to a branch, which would mean less work, while another option could be to join up with the Naracoorte branch.

Mrs McDowall said anyone interested in the future of Lucindale Red Cross was invited to the meeting on July 1, when the final decision would be made.