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Monday, 1 September 2014
Page: 9293

Mr ZAPPIA (Makin) (16:16): Earlier today the House debated a motion celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Red Cross in Australia. I was not able to speak in that debate, but I associate myself with the comments of those who spoke. In my electorate of Makin, the Tea Tree Gully branch of the Red Cross is one of only seven branches in South Australia to chalk up 100 years of continuous service. To mark and celebrate the occasion, a morning tea was hosted by the branch on 19 August, at the Tea Tree Gully RSL clubrooms. Dozens of people attended, including Beryl Wilson, Jill Hay and June Benger, who between them have given 155 years of service to the branch, and they are still giving.

The work of the Red Cross is widely understood and valued throughout the world. Indeed, the Red Cross is possibly the most respected and recognised symbol in the world. I take this opportunity to thank and commend all of the people who over the last 100 years have contributed to the international and local efforts of Red Cross, through their work with the Tea Tree Gully branch of the Red Cross. I also thank immediate past president Marlene Swinstead and incoming president, Bev Christerson, and their current committee for organising a wonderful centenary celebration morning tea.