The centenary of Red Cross in Australia this year marks one hundred years of fundraising by tens of thousands of Red Cross members and volunteers in local towns and suburbs right throughout Australia.
Australia joined the growing international Red Cross movement in 1914, preparing food parcels for soldiers and prisoners of war, and caring for the wounded.
One volunteer reportedly wore out four pairs of shoes walking house to house to collect money to purchase a Red Cross field ambulance that was later sent to Egypt.
Today Red Cross runs a huge, diverse range of programs with a network of 90 regional offices, 180 shops and first aid training all dedicated to helping vulnerable people.
Whether it’s raising money to help people recover from disasters, providing comfort and protection for refugees in conflict zones, helping vulnerable young people and families in crisis, or caring for the elderly and isolated; our local Red Cross volunteers always seem to be there when Australians need them most.
Each year in March, Red Cross Calling relies heavily on the generosity of individuals and community groups to raise vital funds for our everyday work.
Members, supporters, schools and community groups come out in force to fundraise for Red Cross Calling conducting collections, or organising fundraising activities such as cake stalls, morning teas or sausage sizzles.
Schools, universities and colleges are also great supporters of Red Cross Calling.
Many of our local schools participate by conducting collections at shopping centres or doorknocking in their local area.
This year, as we celebrate the centenary of Red Cross in Australia, we hope everyone can make a difference for vulnerable people in our local communities by supporting Red Cross Calling.
To make a donation, or to find out how you can get involved go to our website at redcrosscalling.org.au or phone 1800 008 831.
Toni Aslett, Executive Director, Victoria, Australian Red Cross.