Newsletter for Members and Volunteers

In focus – from the President and CEO

The vitality of our centenary year and the incredible spirit that energised our members and volunteers throughout 2014 has carried over into this year with a sense of optimism and renewal.

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Anzac tributes this April

During World War One, a stream of clothing, comforts and goods of all kinds produced by Red Cross volunteers flowed from every port in Australia to hospitals in England and Egypt where wounded Australian soldiers were being cared for.

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It’s your call!

The recent spate of emergencies across several states and territories has seen many people turn to Red Cross for support in their time of crisis. Now we need your help to continue this vital work.

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Summer emergencies

It’s been a difficult summer for residents in many areas of Australia, with bushfires burning through regions of South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, and cyclones devastating parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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Calls come full circle

Eighty-nine-year-old John has lived in the same Sydney apartment for 52 years. His step-daughter Ilona lives on the Gold Coast and was constantly worried about her dad living alone after her mother moved to a nursing home and then passed away some years ago.

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There’s no shame in stress

Living in Australia means many of us deal with the threat of bushfires, heatwaves and floods in the summer months. Even as we move into less stressful seasons, it’s normal for the emotional effects of an emergency to continue, sometimes for a long time.

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Demystifying asylum seekers

Each year, millions of people are forced to flee their homes to seek protection from persecution. Sadly, there is much misunderstanding about why and how people seek protection, and what happens once they arrive in Australia.

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Harp in the west

Perth woman Valerie has two great loves: playing the harp and making other people happy. This musical maestro has followed her mother’s footsteps in making a lifelong commitment to Red Cross.

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Someone you can count on

Homeless and aged 15, Ally Garner had nothing but the clothes on her back when Red Cross first came into her life.

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Untangling the worldwide web

Volunteers from Telstra recently teamed up with our members to teach them how to use the internet and how it can help them connect with Red Cross people and news around the world.

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Paper craft for peace

In the lead-up to an inter-governmental conference on nuclear weapons in Vienna, Red Cross people around Australia made a bid for peace by folding thousands of paper cranes.

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Fight Ebola with heroes

One of the worst disease outbreaks of our generation has also given rise to incredible acts of humanity.

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From Brazil with love

Diana Lex lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she teaches English to Brazilian teenagers, but at least once a year she jumps on a plane to visit her son in France or daughter in Australia - and volunteer for Red Cross!

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The little message that could

Red Cross international tracing relies on a simple but effective method: the Red Cross message, a short message conveyed by Red Cross from people to their lost loved ones.

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Nominate the next award winner

Our National Awards recognise the amazing work that Red Cross people do every day.

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Red Cross and Cora: a lifetime of care

“It was 1940, and I’d only been married for six weeks when my husband went to the war. I still believe to this day, it was Red Cross that brought him back to me,” Cora says.

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