Stephanie Whyte has been a member for over ten years. Her mother introduced her to Red Cross when Stephanie was a young girl, so it felt like a rite of passage to also be a Red Cross member. She enjoys the opportunities that being part of Red Cross has given her.
“I volunteer with (Red Cross) Emergency Services, a few of the other members of the branch do too. We’ve helped out with local fires in the Adelaide area and went to Queensland following cyclones and floods.”
She also appreciates the goodwill the branch adds to the town.
“Mylor itself has a fairly close knit community, there’s a lot of comradery of which Red Cross is an integral part of. I didn’t join it for friendship but it’s been an outcome. It’s very rewarding.”
Susan Milne moved to Mylor in 2004 and became a Red Cross member a few years later.
“I’ve made great friends through the branch,” she says.
For Susan, being a member has been about more than catering for events and making preserves. Being a member has provided an avenue for her to form lasting friendships with people in her community.
“They even helped me move house. They were in there cleaning it and helped me with packing. They’ve been a great support.”
As the Tour Down Under wraps up for the day in Mylor, the branch sells out of strawberries and ice cream, raising over $1,000. It’s another successful event for the branch who, thanks to doing activities like this, don’t just consider each other Red Cross members, but friends.
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