Tasmanian Kim Brundle-Lawrence has no intention of slowing down despite racking up more than half a century of service with Australian Red Cross.
Monday January 23, 2017
Kim Brundle-Lawrence pictured with Australian Red Cross President Michael Legge
"I need another 50 years in life so I can do more for Red Cross," says Kim.
Kim was recently awarded her 50 year Long Service Laurel Wreath. Her lifetime of service to Red Cross began in 1965 when she joined Junior Red Cross at Primary School.
For Kim, Red Cross runs in the family. Her great-grandmother, grandmother and late husband were members, and her mother and sister are also long-term members.
As a Red Cross member in her youth, she made community visits to hospital wards and nursing homes. She then went on to collect for our annual Red Cross Calling appeal every year for over 25 years.
Kim expanded her involvement with Red Cross by signing up as an Emergency Services volunteer and was on the ground during the Victorian bushfires in 2009.
"Many of the Red Cross volunteers had been affected personally but they still wanted to perform their role. That sticks in my mind the most. It's what Red Cross people do."
Kim has also worked at Red Cross for many years, currently working on programs that connect isolated, often older people with Red Cross volunteers.
The friendships she has made at Red Cross have played a crucial role in her life.
"Through tough times, if it hadn't been for my inherited Red Cross family I'm not sure where I'd be - I've felt so supported," she said.
Having achieved her goal of giving 50 years service with Red Cross before she turned 60, Kim's new aim is 60 years service before she turns 70.
"I don't do it because it's a job, but because it's a passion," she says.
Kim lives by our Fundamental Principles and has made a profound difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
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