Ageing Positively - Edith McKay mainstay of Marlborough's Red Cross

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Ageing Positively - Edith McKay mainstay of Marlborough's Red Cross

Edith McKay has given more than half a century of service to the Red Cross, an impressive record of service which she plans to continue.

Blenheim born and bred, Edith has been a mainstay of the local Red Cross branch since she joined in 1965; its long-time welfare officer until late last year, branch treasurer for 33 years, valued fundraiser and a leading organiser of the annual ANZAC Golf Day.

On top of that, Edith was the main coordinator for the Meals on Wheels programme for more than 30 years, single-handedly overseeing the organisation of the hundred volunteers required to deliver 1700 meals around Marlborough every month.

Little wonder she has been honoured with life membership of Red Cross.

Edith’s good work has also been recognised by the community; in 2009 she received a civic honour from the Marlborough District Council for her outstanding service.

Now aged 73, Edith still makes time for gardening, knitting and sewing, and her dogs. And with all that Meals on Wheels experience behind her, Edith is likely to return to it soon as a volunteer, taking meals out to the mostly elderly people in our community who look forward to their regular contact with these visitors.