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Anne Macarthur receives Australia Day honour

Fourteen Red Cross people received Australia Day honours this year - that might be a record.

The list includes our wonderful Anne Macarthur AM, Honorary Life Member of Red Cross. Anne has been involved with Red Cross since 1952 (70 years) and an active member of our Lindenow branch for 50 years. 

Her long list of contributions to our organisation include serving as:   

  • A member of our National Board for the last six years 

  • Current Chair of our Emergency Services Advisory Group 

  • Previous Chair of the Victorian Divisional Advisory Board 

  • Past member of our National Awards Committee, Nominations and Remunerations Committee, National Centenary Committee, Member Engagement Committee, Victorian International Humanitarian Law Committee and much more 

  • Emergency Service volunteer (including last summer’s bushfires) 

  • Fundraiser for our Overseas Support Group for 20 years 

  • Trauma Teddy coordinator, Red Cross Calling collector, Meals on Wheels volunteer. 

No one achieves anything alone. It’s always a team effort.

Anne Macarthur has done it all, and she continues to serve and inspire.  

She lives on a farm in Bairnsdale, rural Victoria, and has been known to make the four-hour train trip to Melbourne for meetings multiple times a week.  

Anne’s commitment and energy are truly outstanding. She swims most mornings and attributes her enormous impact to the collective effort. She was a guest at a recent all staff call and said “No one achieves anything alone. It’s always a team effort” and that her Red Cross family energise her, before offering to share her famous shortbread recipe “only if it will make money for Red Cross”. 

Anne shared some of her most treasured Red Cross memories, her thoughts on the need for volunteers and staff to understand each other better, her hopes for our future and more.

In 2007 Anne was awarded an Order of Australia medal. She’s now also a Member (AM) in the General Division in the Order of Australia, for significant service to the community through Australian Red Cross.