House debates

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Statements by Members

Centenary of the Red Cross in Australia

1:34 pm

Photo of Natasha GriggsNatasha Griggs (Solomon, Country Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The Red Cross is part of the fabric of Australian life, touching the lives of most people in some way. On 13 August, the Australian Red Cross turned 100 years old. My Territory parliamentary colleagues and the Palmerston teams—Minister Chandler, Lia Finocchiaro and Nathan Barrett—and I wanted to celebrate this milestone by doing something creative. Therefore, Palmerston's Big Cake Bake Off was created.

We baked a wide range of cakes, muffins and biscuits to sell at a stall at the Palmerston shopping centre on Monday. Unfortunately I was not there, but I had a team of supporters that were able to represent me. Together, team Palmerston raised $1,183.70 for the Red Cross. The Palmerston community was so generous in their support of our Big Cake Bake Off and bought almost all of our stock by lunchtime.

Thanks to those who donated their time and their baking skills to assist us in reaching our fundraising target of $1,000. It is heart-warming to know that community spirit is still thriving in Darwin and Palmerston and that people are happy to put their hands in their pockets to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. I know the Red Cross will use the money wisely to continue their fantastic work helping those in need. (Time expired)