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Four decades of Telecross

For four decades Red Cross volunteers have been providing free daily phone calls to people who are isolated and at risk of an accident or illness that may go unnoticed.

Red Cross is kicking off celebrations on 7 June in Adelaide where the service began as a small telephone club. It has now grown to a national service that calls 4800 people 365 days of the year.

As part of this milestone celebration, and their centenary Staff Giving Back initiative, Commonwealth Bank, Red Cross' national humanitarian partner, have announced their commitment to support the Red Cross Telecross service by donating $250,000 in funds and committing 100 staff members to volunteer for the service over the next twelve months. Commonwealth Bank Ambassador, renowned cook Maggie Beer will also attend the event in Adelaide to thank volunteers.

Learn more about Red Cross' work with isolated older people or read about Jack and Hemda who receive daily calls from Red Cross volunteers, helping them to live independently in their own homes.

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Jack and Telecross


"They're caring and they're loving. They give of themselves, which is a wonderful thing." Read more.

Hemda and Telecross


"Knowing that someone is going to communicate with me is absolutely wonderful." Read more.