It was time to get groovy for members of the Lithgow Red Cross organisation as they celebrated its 84th birthday with a 'hippy' theme at Club Lithgow on Monday, March 9.
With more than 90 people in attendance, it was a day for reflection of the past year that has been for the Red Cross.
"Especially with the fires at the end of last year, we were extremely busy, we manned recovery centres, we went to on-going community meetings," president Norma Stephenson said.
"When the time is right, we will then go door knocking to see how we can help those residents that have been badly affected, it takes a while for the shock and reality to set in and we want to give residents that time."
This birthday party event was also a chance for the group to have some fun and mingle iwth outher members.
It was also the perfect opportunity to shout out some of the achievements members had over the year.
Elaine McMahon was recognised for knitting over 1100 trauma teddies for children who are experiencing illness.
Lyn Nicholson donated multiple rugs she had knitted to the organisation as part of their raffle to raise funds.
Mayor Ray Thompson, who attended the event, said he was proud of Lithgow Red Cross through the traumatic bushfire season.
"They have been there, working in the recovery centres and have been to every other meeting, your work really is appreciated," he said.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said that irrespective of the bush fires, Lithgow Red Cross is always there, finding out ways they can support the community.
"Norma and her team have helped with the droughts, the fires, the floods, so I have to commend the work and support they provide because it is pivotal," he said.
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