Southport Red Cross seals time capsule

THE Southport branch of the Australian Red Cross celebrated its centenary by sealing a time capsule.

Set to be re-opened in 2035, the capsule contained a range of items including a mobility equipment price list, trauma teddy and photographs.

Around 80 guests attended the formal ceremony yesterday, including local Councillor Dawn Crichlow and Federal MP Steven Ciobo.


President of the Southport branch Eddie Demarco said it was an important day for the organisation.

“I feel very proud of what we achieved this year,” he said.

“We thought it would be great for years to come that people would know what was going on in 2014.

“The Trauma Teddy is the interesting item in the capsule, it represents the work we do with children in hospitals.”

One of Australia’s longest running volunteer organisations, the Red Cross was formed just nine days after the start of World War I.

The organisation has a keen focus on addressing disadvantage, and assisting those most vulnerable in society.

Federal Member for Moncrieff Steven Ciobo said the Southport branch had made a valuable contribution to the community.

“It’s a great milestone for the Southport branch of the Red Cross,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ll still be around to see the time capsule re-opened in 21 years.”

The capsule will be housed in the Southport Office of the Red Cross on Lawson Street.