Newsletter for Members and Volunteers

In focus – from the President and CEO

This centenary year has shown yet again the vitality of Australian Red Cross, and the energy and commitment of our diverse supporters. We were blown away in August to witness 3,600 volunteers at 140 Bunnings stores across Australia cooking an incredible 147,000 sausages to fundraise for Red Cross.

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Help someone like Betty this Christmas

Betty is 88 years old and has lived alone on a rural property since her husband passed away. When she fell severely ill one night, collapsed and was unable to call for help, she almost died.

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Red Cross is calling

Our annual fundraising drive, Red Cross Calling, is coming back next March. Are you ready to hear the call?

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World’s worst Ebola outbreak

We recently launched an appeal to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by the largest ever outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

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Red Cross wins Indigenous employment award

We recently received very good news when we were announced a joint winner of an Indigenous Employment Award.

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A safe place for children

At all times, children have the right to be safe and protected. At Red Cross we take our responsibilities seriously in safeguarding the wellbeing of children in our communities.

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Solid foundations

On 13 August we celebrated a century since Lady Helen Munro Ferguson called the first meeting of Red Cross in Australia.

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Bunnings BBQ bonanza

This year’s centenary celebrations have featured many highlights, but it’s hard to beat the achievement and excitement of holding 251 BBQs on one weekend.

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The many faces of Red Cross

Among the attendees at our Centenary Showcase in Brisbane were three women with three distinct Red Cross stories.

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Partners in recovery

Red Cross has teamed up with beyondblue to boost support for people affected by disasters across Australia. Through a Memorandum of Understanding we will share our expertise and collaborate in areas including program development, public education and research.

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Digital discoveries

We recently launched a new podcast to help young people affected by emergencies, as well as a web app to take people on the virtual journey of a Burundian refugee.

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What is the Plus Effect?

What are one in three Australians doing? What grows stronger communities? What's worth more money than mining to the community? Watch this video to find out.

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Membership is growing!

This year we had a total membership base of 19,910 members, an increase of 8% on last year’s total of 18,448.

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A yarn to break loneliness

Regular phone calls from Red Cross volunteers have made a huge difference for Carol, a Dharawal Aboriginal woman who lives alone in Sydney.

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Through hunger and heat

As people flee violence within Iraq, young volunteers with Iraqi Red Crescent are helping to deliver vital food and relief supplies.

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Volunteers promote change

Red Cross has been sending volunteers overseas since 2011—but why do we do it? What do international volunteers contribute to development?

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High cost of conflict

The conflict in Gaza and Israel has taken an unacceptable toll on civilians, and together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), we have called on all sides to respond to the humanitarian needs of those affected.

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Time to get social

We want to give all our supporters the chance to be part of our extended community, no matter where they live. That’s been key to our strategy of increasing our social media presence over the past six months.

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