Sad day for Canowindra Red Cross

After 102 years of fundraising the Canowindra branch of the Red Cross has finally had to call it a day from the lack of members.

Formed back in July 1916 is was decided that the Branch meet every Friday 2pm and 7.30pm in the School of Arts.

Fundraising all those years age consisted of card evenings, street stalls, juvenile balls, tec tents at the local races, street processions, Anzac sports days and much more.

It also sent 446 articles of clothing 58 pounds of jam as well as cash donations.

Over the years it continued to send more clothing which was made by the local ladies and funds to the Red Cross Store.

In 1918/19 an influenza epidemic broke out and the branch assisted the local hospital with the donation of beds, linen and clothing, and also assisted in home nursing.

In 1920/21 the branch went into recess and reformed again in 1934 with lots of fundraising.

During this time it sent an aged man to Sydney, a returned soldier with blankets and many local cases of distress were assisted.

The wives and families of returned soldiers who were passing through Canowindra were assisted as well.

Post World War I and between Wars the branch was very supportive of convalescent homes, children’s homes with many parcels of clothing goods being sent out to families.

During the 1950’s Canowindra Branch had an average 53 members.

Over the years and the decline of members it was decided that the branch could no longer continue.

We the members of the Canowindra Branch would like to advise that the branch has closed from March 26, 2018 and would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their generous support in the past.