Incredible! Eighty years and four generations of service to the Red Cross. Margaret Drummond has been a member of Red Cross for more than 80 years.
In July she was awarded her 80 year long-service-award at the Fleurieu Peninsula AGM held in Inman Valley. Margaret's grandmother and mother first joined the Red Cross branch in Sellicks Hill in 1914.
In 1941, on leaving school, Margaret became a member and joined her mother in the Warnertown Branch. She knitted socks, sewed pyjamas and raised funds.
"Mum made me a member of Red Cross at the age of 13. There was no time to be a teenager. We worked on the farm and helped in the community, it is what you had to do," Margaret said.
After completing her nursing training, Margaret's commitment to Red Cross continued, this time through the Bordertown Branch. Living 16 miles from town never deterred her from attending Red Cross meetings and once her daughter was born, she came along too.
In 1960 Margaret joined the Red Cross Aides and helped run the mobile blood service. Margaret's daughter, Alison, was the president of the Junior Red Cross in the local primary school and her son was runner-up in the Bordertown Red Cross baby competition in 1968.
Margaret's sister and mother-in-law were also involved in the Red Cross for many years.
"So, you see, it's closer than just community, it's family," she said.
Through the years, Margaret has held administrative positions in a number of branches such as vice president, president and secretary.
Being involved in the Red Cross in Victor Harbor and Port Elliot, Margaret continues to sew, making children's clothes for Vietnamese refugees and bakes to raise funds for Red Cross Calling and Telecross.
"Alison, Jarrod French and I collected three tonnes of X-ray plates, which was on-sold for its silver content. We raised a lot of money doing that," Margaret said..
"I did what I could, when I could. But Red Cross has done more for me than I have done for Red Cross. It has introduced me to so many different and respected people," Margaret said.