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Wednesday June 6, 2012


Telecross celebrates four decades with a Thank-You to its dedicated volunteers

Telecross, one of Red Cross' longest-running services, is marking its fortieth anniversary with a morning tea this Thursday (June 7) to thank all its dedicated volunteers in South Australia.

From a small trial telephone club for a handful of homebound residents in Adelaide, the Telecross service now provides a reassuring daily phone call to more than 4,500 isolated or elderly people in every State and Territory.

As part of this milestone celebration and as part of its own centenary Staff Giving Back initiative, Commonwealth Bank, Red Cross' national humanitarian partner, will also announce it is donating $250,000 in funds and committing 100 staff members to volunteer for this valuable service over the next twelve months.

Special guests attending the morning tea include Commonwealth Bank Ambassador, much loved senior citizen and renowned cook, Maggie Beer, the Federal Minister for Social Inclusion, Mark Butler, and the South Australian Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Ian Hunter.

Red Cross' Director of Services and International Operations, Michael Raper, says he is extremely grateful for all the support Telecross has received over the past 40 years.

"I would like to extend a big thank you to every one of our thousands of Telecross volunteers around Australia and to the Commonwealth Bank for its very welcome support as we celebrate significant milestones for both organisations," he said.

"Volunteers are the backbone of Telecross programs, making 5,000 daily calls to people around Australia.

"I am also thrilled and delighted that Maggie Beer, a former Senior Australian of the Year, has agreed to join us for the occasion."

Maggie Beer, Commonwealth Bank Ambassador, said: "I am proud to be a part of this incredible announcement of much needed resources to Telecross and know that the people at Commonwealth Bank are committed to services that have an impact at a grass-roots level.

"On its 100th anniversary, what a fitting time for Commonwealth Bank to commit its support of 100 volunteers and vital funds to such an essential community service for so many elderly Australians."

The Commonwealth Bank's General Manager, Community, Trent Moy, said bank staff had been fully involved in the decision to support Telecross.

"We live and work in over 1000 communities across Australia and for our Centenary celebrations we asked our people to put forward ideas that they believe will support their local communities.

"Our staff have a great affection and respect for Red Cross and with Telecross celebrating its own significant milestone, we thought it to be the perfect opportunity to provide funding and volunteers for this vital service."

Adelaide will hold the first Telecross event on June 7, 2012, followed throughout the year by functions in other States and Territories.

For more information visit the Telecross webpage.

If you would like to use the Telecross service, call 1300 885 698.

If you would like to become a Telecross volunteer, check for available volunteer opportunities in your state or territory.