Fresh ideas welcome
RED Cross stalwart Maureen McLennan knows a thing or two about fundraising.
As Grafton branch president for the past 19 years, she has been at the forefront organising raffles, morning teas and cake stalls to raise money for other local services provided by the Red Cross.
"Our blood bank costs a lot of money to run, and our emergency services don't get activated very often but they're there when needed," she said.
"It's very important that all these things happen."
Ms McLennan joined the volunteer organisation in 1991 and was promoted to vice-president before stepping up to the main role.
During her time as president, the South Grafton resident has seen the evolution of fundraising methods and the importance of services provided.
She has also made some life-long friendships.
"I get a lot out of my involvement with the branch and friendships with the girls, I just enjoy it," she said.
Ms McLennan added they were always looking for volunteers to join the 30 current branch members and help raise funds.
"Everybody is welcome to come to our meetings," she said.
"It would be nice to get some fresh ideas and to do something different."