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Red Cross Volunteers spread warmth

Monday May 15, 2006

A Red Cross survey released this week has found that two thirds of Red Cross volunteers believe that the world is a less caring place today than it was ten years ago.

However, the poll also found that an overwhelming majority of those surveyed were motivated to volunteer their time because of a desire to contribute to their community.

Speaking at the beginning of National Volunteer Week, Robert Tickner, CEO of the largest volunteer organisation in the country, paid tribute to the 26,000 volunteers who regularly give their time to support more than sixty vital Red Cross services around the country.

'Although many of those polled find the world to be less caring than it was a decade ago, the overwhelming majority of them said that they were still motivated to make a contribution to their community,' said Mr Tickner.

'They are motivated out of a basic wish to make a difference, to help the most vulnerable. Today we see more people living in isolation, more people suffering out of loneliness, or because of natural disasters or even conflicts. But Red Cross volunteers refuse to simply accept this.'

'Close my eyes', a new song penned specifically for the Red Cross by Things of Stone and Wood front man, Greg Arnold, was launched on World Red Cross Day, Monday May 8, and is now available as a free download from

'Greg's song speaks of the same themes that were identified in the survey,' continued Mr Tickner.

'Wherever they are, and whatever role they play, Red Cross volunteers share a commitment to work with the most vulnerable people in their communities. They refuse to turn away.'

As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Australian Red Cross volunteers are joined by an estimated 97 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, working tirelessly in almost every country in the world.