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Red Cross legend awarded 70 year medal

Pat Gosper became a Member of Red Cross in 1945.

Thursday November 19, 2015

70 years of service: Pat Gosper.

Red Cross legend and high achiever Pat Gosper has added another feather to her Red Cross cap, being recently awarded a 70 year service medal.

Last year the retired nurse was honoured at the unveiling of the $7 million Red Cross Wellbeing Centre in Cairns - Pat Gosper Place. The centre provides a welcome home away from home for people from some of the most remote parts of Queensland who are receiving medical treatment in Cairns.

Pat has had a long lasting impact as both a Red Cross person and a humanitarian. She joined Red Cross in 1945 and since 1971 has regularly held the position of Cairns Branch President. She helped set up the local Blood Service, disaster services, the Red Cross shop and the Emergency Medical Accommodation Centre that was renamed Pat Gosper Place in her honour in 2001, before its major redevelopment last year.

Pat was awarded her 70 year medal by Executive Director of Red Cross in Queensland Kevin Keeffe at a ceremony in October.

"In the early 1970s Pat created the brand new position of 'Welfare Officer' at Red Cross to help address a needs gap in social services in the community; so clearly displaying her vision and foresight which she carried with her throughout her 70 years of service," said Kevin.

A number of attendees at the award ceremony also spoke from the heart about the deep and lasting impact that Pat had on their lives and careers.

Congratulations to Pat on reaching this significant milestone, and being such a champion of humanity.