Anne’s history with Red Cross goes back to when she was a seven year old during WWII. She and her sister used to sell badges to raise money for the troops, helping their mother and aunty.
“It's a family tradition, you do what you can to help in your local community.
“It started with my grandfather who came out to Australia in 1855 and he taught young men who were illiterate. He taught them around their kitchen table at night to read and write. Mum and Dad were involved with the hospital. It's second nature...it’s just what I do," says Anne, who is proud to have carried on her mother’s legacy with Red Cross.
"My mother got her 30 year badge and I got my 30 year badge."
Anne also makes an effort to ensure people in her community are connected.
“My neighbour across the road needed companionship, I used to go over to her home to play dominos or knit.”
It’s simple acts like these that make Anne such a likeable character and valued member of the Victor Harbor community.
She adds that being a widow, supporting Red Cross helps keep her busy, as well as volunteering at the National Trust museum. Her good nature has also brought her some good karma in life – she won a sailing boat and a bar fridge on Sale of the Century and $20,000 on Millionaire Hot Seat!