Mannum's Red Cross chapter close after years of service.

SERVICE: Judith Quast, Ivy Kowald, Margot Thomas and Rae Bottroff at Rae's home; their final meeting place. Photo: Nick Grimm.

SERVICE: Judith Quast, Ivy Kowald, Margot Thomas and Rae Bottroff at Rae's home; their final meeting place. Photo: Nick Grimm.

After over 50 years of service to the town and surrounding areas, Mannum’s Red Cross chapter has ceased operations. 

Core members gathered for their final meeting on June 12, ending their years of tremendous work. 

From house fires to supporting babies and their families, the chapter has helped countless people in the region. 

Vice-president Rae Bottroff said the decision to end services was hard to come to and all efforts to attract younger members of the community went unrewarded. 

“It’s extremely sad, but unfortunately all of our members are getting too old and we don’t have anyone younger to keep it all going,” she said. 

Health issues and age were the members’ biggest concerns, and they realised they couldn’t keep working like they had in years gone by.

Secretary Judith Quast said she is proud of every member in the groups’ history.

“We have worked very hard and I think that we’ve done well over the years.