For the past 60 years Edna Lamb has dedicated her time to the Red Cross through being involved in the local branch’s fundraisers and providing her famous tomato sandwiches at events.
Edna joined the Herons Creek Red Cross in 1958 before the group eventually amalgamated to become the Camden Haven Red Cross in 1988.
Over the years Edna has formed many close friendships and enjoys the rewarding volunteer work.
“It makes you get up and go,” she said.
“It keeps you well.”
At a ceremony at the Laurieton United Services Club on Wednesday, June 13 Edna was presented with a gilt rosette to mark her 60 years of service.
Camden Haven Red Cross president Jacquie Charman said Edna was known for making tomato sandwiches which were never soggy, her commitment to selling raffle tickets and her kindness.
Australian Red Cross NSW Membership Team Leader Chris Mansfield presented Edna with the rosette and said it was a ‘true honour’ to mark the special milestone.
Australian Red Cross regional manager for Northern NSW Janelle Gazaubon said the Red Cross couldn’t do anything without volunteers like Edna.
“We are so grateful for your ongoing service,” she said.
“You remain committed to helping humanitarian work.”
Edna said the service hasn’t changed very much in the time she has been a volunteer, as it is still working to support the most vulnerable community members on a national, global and local scale.
The Australian Red Cross also works to alleviate suffering during wars.
It is a cause close to Edna’s heart, as her father served in WW1 and went to Gallipoli, where he was injured.
The Camden Haven group raises funds from playing bingo at the Laurieton United Services Club. They also hold fundraising events and raffles.