Berrigan recently hosted the 2018 Red Cross Country Zone 29 Annual Conference, held in the Madill Centre.
Thirty Red Cross members attended from Berrigan, Corowa, Jerilderie and Langunyah-Finley branches. They were joined by two guest speakers from Berrigan, Angela Peris and Val Head, as well as Red Cross greater western regional manager John Pocius and Berrigan Shire deputy mayor Daryll Morris.
Berrigan Red Cross treasurer Lyndall Horne said the conference allowed the zone to learn about what each branch had achieved over the past year.
‘‘Berrigan’s Fashion Extravaganza and op shop were highlighted as major fundraising opportunities for the zone.
‘‘We were nominated for and won the Murray Region for Volunteers Australia best local community group, so it’s been a successful year for Berrigan.
‘‘It was pleasing to listen to the achievements of the other branches as well,’’ she said.
Mrs Horne said all the guest speakers were ‘‘brilliant’’.
‘‘John acknowledged the work done by all volunteers and especially during National Volunteers Week.
‘‘He spoke of the work of Australian Red Cross in our local region and the opportunities.
‘‘Our second speaker, Val Head, spoke on her chaplaincy work in local schools. She is currently running a breakfast club one day a week at Berrigan Public School and shared the reason for her passion and the joy she has found as a school chaplain.
‘‘Val enjoys being around young people and connecting one on one with them and having deep conversations about how they are doing.’’
Mr Pocius also presented Berrigan’s Anne Wilson with a Certificate of Appreciation from the NSW Divisional Board for her senior leadership role as Zone 29 representative.