Tribute to Helen Wynd by Lismore MP Thomas George
A TRIBUTE to community icon Helen Wynd, who recently died after being hit by a car, has been released from Lismore MP Thomas George’s office.
“Helen is widely recognised for her exceptional commitment to many voluntary organisations.
Red Cross volunteer
At the age of fifteen Helen joined the Red Cross and by 19 enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Women’s Service.
She was posted to Bathurst Hospital and then later posted to Darwin Hospital where she remained until 12 months after the war was finished in 1945 to look after the POWs returning from overseas.
Helen being in the Red Cross Voluntary Aids became Assistant Commandant in the early 1950s and by 1953 Helen was asked to help co-ordinate the establishment of Lismore’s first Blood Bank.
Helen became secretary of the Blood Bank and was one of five Red Cross ladies on call every night including weekends to call on donors to donate for emergencies.
During this period Helen took over the role of commandant and was appointed in 1957.
Over many years Helen engaged herself within the community by volunteering for a number of organisations such as the Presbyterian Church & Women’s Association, Protestant Alliance Friendly Society, Diabetic Association, Goonellabah Senior Citizens Blind Society Red Cross Telecross, Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary and the Lismore Police Boys Club.
Helen also received a number of awards which included The Queens Bar Broach in 1966, The Red Cross Society’s Service Award in 1967, The Red Cross Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 1981, National Medal in 1993, Centenary Medal in 2003 and the Premier’s Community Service Award in 2005.
Helen was a well known, valuable, respected and loved member of the Lismore Community and will be sadly missed by all her knew her.
I extend my deepest sympathies to the Wynd family and Helen’s friends.”