Humanitarian

The inside

August 2014 message from the President and CEO.

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News in brief

Featuring new executive appointments in international humanitarian law, our Centenary merchandise range, a special offer to create your Will for $75, and information on this year's Red Cross Oration.

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The value of volunteering

More than one in three Australians volunteer, and the plus effect they create in their communities is greater than you may expect.

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Joy in giving

By any measure, Red Cross volunteer Toni Russell had a full life when she was juggling nursing and sales work along with family life. But since she retired five years ago, she’s never been busier.

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To help yourself, you help others

When John Rimmington crawled out from underneath his flood-damaged home, he was upset, angry and dirty. He had just finished surveying the damage when he heard a car approaching.

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Advocate for her people

Like many 17-year-olds, Lajia Brown-Tamwoy wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she finished school. She was working at a fast food chain when a traineeship became available at Red Cross in Adelaide.

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A real lifesaver

When Theo Bekkers made his first blood donation in 1964, blood was stored in little glass bottles. Whole blood was the only type of donation, with a shelf life of just 15 days, and most donated blood was used by surgical patients.

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A great Australian story

Professor Melanie Oppenheimer has studied the history of Red Cross for the past 25 years, a career which she traces back to an old pair of overalls discovered in her family’s attic.

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After the rain

In early April, Michael and Stella Okar watched from a hill as floodwaters ripped their home from its foundations and smashed it to pieces. Now they face the months of cleaning up ahead.

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Remote-controlled war

From virtual training tools to linking soldiers with machines, Red Cross is exploring the challenges and opportunities that new technologies raise for international humanitarian law (IHL). (Bonus: competition alert!)

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Building a future

Seventy-year-old Maria does not shrink from a hard day’s work. After Typhoon Haiyan tore off her roof last November, she rebuilt it herself.

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Connecting across the country

We are hosting a Centenary Fundraising BBQ Day at more than 200 Bunnings stores around the country on Saturday 9 August, to help raise the vital funds needed to continue our everyday work.

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Companionship is the key

With the baby boomer generation nearing retirement, a recent Red Cross public opinion poll shows that they consider companionship in older age to be a major priority.

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Safer sports clubs

Each year 33,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, of which only five per cent survive. This alarming statistic drove Red Cross to partner with local sporting clubs to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across Australia.

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Shelter from the flames

Carolyn Luscombe has volunteered in her community for 13 years. Last October, she experienced bushfires alongside her neighbours and was there to help.

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New life for old treasures

The centenary year of Red Cross in Australia has seen many historical treasures come back into view – from war-era nursing uniforms to membership recruitment posters. Yet we rarely see the behind-the-scenes work that goes into preserving these pieces of memorabilia so that we can all enjoy them.

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