Remembering Gallipoli

In the lead up to the Gallipoli Centenary, our federal Parliamentary Friends of Australian Red Cross were invited to hear a compelling account of Red Cross’ response to the Gallipoli campaign, both at home and abroad.

Red Cross Ambassador and author Professor Melanie Oppenheimer from Flinders University delved into the extraordinary and tireless efforts of Red Cross volunteers to support sick and wounded Australian troops and prisoners of war during and after Gallipoli.


Every Anzac Day, Red Cross staff, members and volunteers honour the Anzac tradition at local commemorations around the country, and pay tribute to generations of Red Cross volunteers who have provided humanitarian relief in times of war and conflict.

National Volunteer Week

We want to give a huge shout-out to all our volunteers after National Volunteer Week (11–17 May).

We have 22,000 volunteers across Australia―more than 90% of our workforce―and we simply couldn’t provide our services without them.

Thank you to all our volunteers for the huge plus effect you create in your communities!

Saeed is a horticulturist and shares his skills by volunteering in a community garden.

Saeed is a horticulturist and shares his skills by volunteering in a community garden.
Photo: Australian Red Cross/Morné de Klerk

Help for the heart

A three-year Red Cross campaign to introduce defibrillators into sporting clubs has now been extended to schools.

Project Defib aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest by making defibrillators, training and support accessible to sporting clubs and schools across Australia.

More than 30,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest every year, and only five per cent survive. Immediate access to a defibrillator can lead to a 70 per cent survival rate if applied quickly.

Photo: Steve Cummings

Photo: Steve Cummings

To find out more about Project Defib or to register your interest call 1300 367 428 or visit

A matter of principle

We celebrate World Red Cross Day every year on 8 May, and this year we commemorated 50 years of the Fundamental Principles that unite all Red Cross National Societies.

The seven Fundamental Principles were developed from the Red Cross Movement’s experiences responding to suffering and need over a century, and they guide our work and decisions at all times.

Humanity means that we prevent and alleviate human suffering; impartiality means that we do not discriminate and are guided solely by need; neutrality means that we do not take sides; independence means that we must always maintain our autonomy; voluntary service means that we are not motivated by a desire for material gain; unity means that there must be only one Red Cross Society in each country, open to all; and universality means that we are a worldwide movement.

Visit our website to learn more.