Gilt reward for service

Kath Hunter recently received the Gilt Rosette award in honour of her 60 years of service with the Morwell and District Red Cross. photograph cher jimenez

Kath Hunter recently received the Gilt Rosette award in honour of her 60 years of service with the Morwell and District Red Cross. photograph cher jimenez

Hazelwood North's Kath Hunter is never fond of talking about herself.

However, her involvement as a 60-year member of Morwell and District Red Cross is testament of her ongoing love and commitment to helping other people.

Mrs Hunter joined Red Cross in January of 1958 and in her early days got involved with a host of roles including first aid and the catering team that responded to many natural disasters and emergency incidents until 2012.

A former teacher and a mother of five, Mrs Hunter continues to serve the humanitarian organisation dedicating her time to helping raise funds in local community activities.

Mrs Hunter considers her role as a single incident emergency volunteer as the highlight of her 60-year service at Red Cross. The work enabled her to assist families in crisis following fires and similar traumatic events.

Last week the Hazelwood North long-time resident was awarded the Gilt Rosette award by the Morwell and District Red Cross in honour of her 60 years of service to the organisation.

Morwell and District Red Cross secretary Robyn Irvine said Mrs Hunter was a well-respected member of the organisation and a team player.

"At the end of every event Kath always congratulates the people concerned and acknowledge the work people have done, she makes us feel we're doing a good job," she told The Express.

In an official role, Mrs Hunter served Red Cross as secretary for Region 10 from 1985-1989 and with boundary changes as Region 9 secretary from 1994-1996.

"Kath always carried out her duties with great charm and dignity," Ms Irvine said.

Mrs Turner said she was humbled by the citation and encouraged everyone to put in some time to volunteer for a local organisation.

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