Opening our new community centre: an unforgettable experience.
As guests walked through the gates, Tiwi men came up to greet them. With arms lifted, they chanted and stomped the ground, calling out to their visitors. Come. Welcome.
Our staff reciprocated, lifting their arms and stomping the ground in unison with their hosts.
Thank you Tiwi Islanders for the most incredible welcome to your beautiful home.
CEO Judy Slatyer, Chairman Michael Legge and other Red Cross officials travelled across the turquoise waters of the Arafura Sea to open our new community centre.
The opening was a day of great celebration of our partnership. The blessing of the building a moving moment.
New Era for the Top End
Red Cross also opened of our new Darwin that will maximise our impact in the region and strengthen our long-term commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It will house our Darwin team and be a hub for our staff and volunteers across the Northern Territory. We have 45 Darwin staff, 98 NT staff of whom 46 percent are Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander. Learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment.
CEO Judy Slatyer says the new office at the CASCOM Centre means we can better coordinate services across the Territory. This building is in the same block as our Blood Service family and close to our youth hub.
It is where we can coordinate services reaching all across the Territory, from Central Australia, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Daly River to Galiwinku and the Tiwi Islands," she said.
"The new office brings together Red Cross people across a wide range of programs including personal support and wellbeing services, food and nutrition programs, helping refugees and those seeking asylum, and people who teach first aid."
"Crucially, Darwin is often the base during disasters and emergency services in the region. Our volunteers and staff work alongside police, fire and other emergency services, government agencies and community partners."