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In our 100th year of humanitarian service, World Red Cross Day on 8 May is an opportunity to celebrate our great Australian story of people helping people. World Red Cross Day is held around the world to commemorate the birthday of Red Cross Red Crescent founder Henri Dunant.

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The inside

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100 years of people helping people

The Centenary of Red Cross in Australia is a journey shared with generations of Australians. Take a look at how that journey unfolded.

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Finding a men’s place

In the middle of the Northern Territory sits Tennant Creek – a town of great diversity – with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents from 11 language groups making up nearly half of the population of 3,500.

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Care when it counts

The home where Vince and Margaret Sibbald brought up six children and watched 14 grandchildren take their first steps was destroyed in minutes when bushfires spread through the Blue Mountains in NSW.

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Someone to turn to

More than a year after the devastating fires swept across southeast Tasmania, Red Cross volunteers continue to support the affected communities in the long road to recovery.

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Finding Hope

In January 1999, Samuel kissed his two children goodbye and went to work in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He would not speak to his children again for the next 13 years.

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Partners in health

Mel pulls out boxes of cereal from the cupboards to set up the Breakfast Club at Coober Pedy Area School in outback South Australia. Her eight- year-old daughter Bethany eagerly helps, for soon a bus load of hungry children will arrive to devour their favourite breakfast foods.

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Fields of plenty

Villagers and volunteers in Kenya have transformed acres of arid scrubland into a farm that feeds an entire community.

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Leading the way to health

Some of Afghanistan’s leading female doctors are paving the way to improve the health and wellbeing of millions of people across the country.

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Women and war

From World War II to Vietnam and Afghanistan, women have served on the front line with Red Cross. Three generations of Red Cross women share a common story.

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Safety on the line

When 88-year-old Betty suffered severe vomiting and internal bleeding, there was no one nearby and she was unable to call for help. But she knew assistance would arrive as soon as her phone rang, even though she couldn’t get up to answer it.

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Saving lives for her birthday

Nurse Alana Phillips recently asked 28 friends for a very special gift for her 28th birthday: a life-saving blood donation to help people she might never meet.

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Water the key to recovery

As a Red Cross international aid worker, Kathryn Clarkson has worked in large and small communities across the world.

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Serving up a new start

Emma Jones initially studied a creative degree at university, but later found herself looking for a fresh start and new skills. That’s where Commix Espresso and Red Cross College stepped in.

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