By David Claridge
HELPING THE community is something that has come naturally for Carrick lady Kim Brundle-Lawrence.
Ever since learning first aid from the Red Cross in grade 4 at school, Kim started on a path of volunteering which has resulted in 54 years with the Red Cross, 45 years with the Tasmanian Bands League (the majority of that time with the City of Launceston RSL Band) and nearly 30 years with the Tasmania Fire Service to name a few.
Kim is also President of Lifelink Samaritans.
Her roles have ranged from door knocking for the Red Cross March Appeal to helping with disaster relief in Tasmania and on the mainland.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Kim was recognised for her many years of services to the community with the Order of Australia Medal.
‘People ask me how I prioritise … I ask myself who needs me more. Once I took my Red Cross bag in the back of a fire truck due to a town potentially being evacuated,’ she said.
‘It’s getting out there and helping people. I don’t have many ties at home now, so it keeps me busy.
‘While the award is really nice for me and I’m stoked about it, I see it as recognition of not only me doing work but for all volunteers doing work. It’s an acknowledgement to all of us.
‘I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support from the families I have across the various groups.’
Kim was awarded Honorary Life Member of the Red Cross in December 2018, which sits with the many other accolades she has collected over the years.
Kim Brundle-Lawrence has received the Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her many years of services to the community.