Centenary rose at RSL

SALE Red Cross branch members gathered to commemorate the organisation’s centenary by planting a red rose at the RSL and Sale Club last Thursday.

The Sale members had previously celebrated the milestone by holding a golf day and fashion show, but acknowledged that the planting of the rose was symbolic of growth to come and the most significant event of the centenary calender.

Roses and trees are being planted throughout Australia to honour of the humanitarian group’s 100 years.

Branch secretary Carmel MacManus praised the Red Cross, an organisation she has been a member of for 30 years.

“It’s just fantastic. They’ve done a wonderful job over the years, with the tradition stemming back to the nurses in the first World War. I hope Red Cross will be around for 100 more years,” she said.

Long time member, Pat Harris, celebrated her 48th year of membership and said she was honoured to help to plant the rose.

Sophie Thomas is a Monash University student who is currently doing an internship at the GIppsland Times.