Friday February 16, 2007
Emergencies occur every day, around the world and in our own communities.
You can feel overwhelmed, or you can do something.
Give to Australian Red Cross during March.
Australian Red Cross is calling for support for Red Cross Calling Appeal, its major annual appeal for funds to support its work in Australia and overseas, with a target of $9 million in 2007.
Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner said the mobilisation of Red Cross volunteers from throughout Australia to Far North Queensland in the aftermath of Cyclone Larry highlighted the immense capacity of the Red Cross to respond to emergencies, wherever they happened.
Volunteers also had been working around the clock throughout several states this bushfire season, assisting communities by feeding fire fighters, providing first aid and registering evacuees.
'Red Cross will always be ready to act when and where disaster strikes,' Mr Tickner said. 'This is the message heard by our beneficiaries all over the world. Our neutral, impartial, transparent and accountable grass-roots organisation is always ready and prepared to help the most vulnerable, wherever they may be.
'The vital funds raised during Red Cross Calling help us to respond readily to emergencies--not just the big, public emergencies, but the emergencies that occur every day, from an elderly person living alone who has a fall, to a child who goes to school without breakfast.'
Australian Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, with more than 100 million volunteers in 185 countries.
To make a donation
- visit www.redcross.org.au and make a secure online donation
- phone 1800 811 700