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Governor-General visits Red Cross

The Governor-General visited the Red Cross warehouse in Altona, Victoria at the start of National Volunteer Week.

Monday May 14, 2012

Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO (left), met with Red Cross staff and volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week.

The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, who is also patron of Australian Red Cross, met volunteers at Red Cross's Altona Warehouse in Victoria today at the beginning of a week-long celebration of volunteers and the role they play in our communities.

The Altona Warehouse, which was established in 2010, receives donations of merchandise from various retailers, corporations and the general public. The staff and volunteers at the Altona Warehouse collect, sort, pack and distribute these items ensuring only high-quality, saleable items are sent to the 164 Red Cross retail stores across Australia.

"As the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, Red Cross depends on the work of millions of volunteers around the planet," said Robert Tickner, CEO of Australian Red Cross.

"In Australia, tens of thousands of volunteers help us in our everyday work, supporting some of the most vulnerable people in their communities."

"The Red Cross mission statement is all about mobilising the power of humanity, and I can't think of a better way of doing that than by encouraging, motivating and celebrating our magnificent volunteers," Mr Tickner said.

"The support of a dedicated and passionate volunteer team ensures retail's sustainability and allows us to contribute to the humanitarian work of Red Cross," said John Wills, Director, Red Cross Commercial Operations.

"We're always on the lookout for volunteers and every volunteer has a vital part to play in the success of Red Cross retail by not only contributing their time, but also by learning and applying their life skills to the varied tasks within retail," Mr Wills said.

The proceeds from sales at Red Cross retail stores help to provide services such as a reassuring daily phone call to isolated or elderly Australians or a nutritious breakfast to children who would otherwise go to school hungry.

Read more about Red Cross and volunteering or call Red Cross Stores on 1800 339 888.