In 2014, Red Cross will celebrate 100 years of people helping people in Australia.
Australian Red Cross began as the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I. It was formed by Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson, the wife of the Governor-General, who called on the wives of the State governors to form State committees.
Timeline: the history of Australian Red Cross at a glance.
The Centenary celebrations provide an opportunity to thank all Australians for their contributions over 100 years.
While the Centenary will look back over a remarkable history of people helping people, it will also look forwards in order to strengthen and continue the work of putting the power of humanity into action, dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in Australia and throughout the world.
The goals for the Centenary are to celebrate the achievements and contributions of 100 years of Red Cross in Australia, to energise the Australian community to support the work of Red Cross and to strengthen Red Cross for the future in order to reduce vulnerability and improve lives.
A book by Professor Melanie Oppenheimer, "The Power of Humanity: 100 Years of Red Cross in Australia", will be launched in August 2014.
What's your Red Cross story?
To celebrate 100 years of Red Cross in Australia in 2014, we are collecting the personal stories of people helping people over the past century. Generations of Australians have grown up with us and we want to hear from all those who have been part of our story, the generous spirit of volunteerism and the commitment of everyday Australians over the last 100 years.
It is the everyday stories we're looking for and with one million Red Cross members, volunteers, donors, staff, blood donors, recipients and supporters, there are a lot of people who have a personal connection.
It could be as simple as finding the perfect outfit at a Red Cross shop or as life changing as being supported through our refugee services, to donating blood or volunteering time to offer companionship to someone who needs a friend. The options are endless.
Let the story collection begin!
You or your friends can submit your story directly on the Centenary Stories website, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Centenary Stories, GPO Box 2952, Melbourne VIC 3001.
If you know someone who has a story to tell about Red Cross, encourage them to submit it online, via email or in the post. We're collecting stories, photos, videos and audio recordings. These stories will form the heart of the Centenary website in 2014.
There's a lot to get excited about and as we reflect on the past 100 years, and look forward to a new generation to take our organisation into the future. Be part of the work of Red Cross in Australia today, whether as a member, volunteer or supporter.