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Thousands hit the streets to answer the call from Red Cross

More than 7,700 volunteers will be going out in their communities this March, taking part in the annual Red Cross Calling campaign.

Tuesday March 7, 2017

Sydney Girls High School students fundraise for Red Cross Calling
This year 150 Sydney Girls High School students will fundraise for Red Cross Calling.

Now in its 69th year, Red Cross Calling will see volunteers door-knocking in their local neighbourhoods, fundraising at schools and businesses and signing up for the online Australia Answers Challenge.

Australian Red Cross CEO Judy Slatyer will join the effort by collecting donations with her sister in Canberra and seeking sponsors online for the Australia Answers Challenge, a unique fundraising contest. "

I'm disconnecting - going off social media for a week. Being in touch with family and friends is important to me. Being able to share information and ideas is important to me. Going offline will give me some feeling for what it's like not to have internet access in times of disasters or for those affected by the chaos when they flee persecution," Ms Slatyer said.

"We have a couple of other challenge options such as living out of a backpack and anyone can test their will-power to support our life-changing work.

"I invite all Australians to answer the call this March. This year there are more ways than ever to take part in Red Cross Calling, so there's truly something for everyone."

Funds raised through Red Cross Calling will help Red Cross be there for people experiencing hardship in Australia and overseas. Whether it's standing by a community as they recover from an emergency, lending a hand to people seeking asylum, or supporting a Pacific village to build toilets and tanks for clean water, your funds are sure to support someone going through tough times.

Find out more, sign up for a fundraising challenge or simply donate by visiting or call 1800 811 700.