Red Cross store flies its colours

PROUD HISTORY: Coffs Harbour Red Cross store manger Deb Southgate and volunteer Bev Miles hang decorations to celebrate 100 years of service by the Australian Red Cross. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
PROUD HISTORY: Coffs Harbour Red Cross store manger Deb Southgate and volunteer Bev Miles hang decorations to celebrate 100 years of service by the Australian Red Cross. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

THE signature red and white colours are hanging high and proud and it has nothing to do with the Swans or the Dragons.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Red Cross, during August every Red Cross Shop across Australia is "showing their colours" and creating bright displays.

General manager for Red Cross shops, Kate Dear, is excited about this special anniversary and the idea of everyone being involved in the celebration.

"Our shop volunteers wanted to get involved in the centenary and feel just as excited about this historic milestone as everyone else in Red Cross," Kate said.

"We also thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase the creative talents of our shop volunteers and we have not been disappointed, the window displays are spectacular and should not be missed."

The team at the Red Cross opportunity shop in Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour, has been busy covering the store in red and white as part of the celebrations.

"We've got a fabulous, fun team and they've all helped with the red and white decorations," local store manager Deb Southgate said.

"They've done a great job. My only problem is there's not enough of them - we could definitely use more volunteers."

Deb said they would welcome anyone, of any age, who had some spare time to help out.

"The roster is totally flexible and we can cater for just a few hours, a regular weekly or even a monthly shift. We had a great team of schoolkids helping out on Saturday mornings until earlier this year, who all moved on to full-time work or moved away to attend university, so I would love to get a young team together again for Saturdays."

No retail experience is needed. In fact no experience at all is needed, just a friendly smile and a willingness to help out.

If you would like to volunteer, visit the team at the shop on 14 Harbour Dr and have a chat or phone 6652 6759 or 0466 253 973.


  • Australian Red Cross began as a branch of the British Red Cross Society on August 13, 1914, nine days after the outbreak of the First World War.
  • It was formed by Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson, wife of the Governor- General, who called on the wives of state governors to form state committees.
  • Centenary celebrations will look back at the organisation's remarkable history and thank generations of Australians for their contributions throughout the past 100 years.

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