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Say thanks to your local Red Cross volunteers

Monday May 10, 2010

During National Volunteer Week, 10-16 May, Red Cross is urging all of us to do something a little extra to show we appreciate the work of Red Cross volunteers.

Red Cross Chief Executive Officer, Robert Tickner says saying 'thanks'can be as simple sending a thankyou email to or by making a donation to support the work of Red Cross volunteers at

Mr Tickner says, "Red Cross volunteers have always been motivated by the most fundamental desire to help those who are most vulnerable. Our volunteers work tirelessly in cities and towns right across Australia, sometimes around the clock during bushfires and emergencies, as well as joining international humanitarian efforts around the globe."

Whether it's serving nutritious breakfasts to school children who might otherwise go without, or making friendly daily calls to the isolated and elderly, Red Cross volunteers help to improve the lives of vulnerable people by giving something that is becoming increasingly rare these days, our time.

Red Cross has traditionally been supported by a wonderful team of older female volunteers. Now many men are now signing up as Red Cross volunteers across all our services, and young people are joining programs such as 'save-a-mate' to help provide drug and alcohol education for other young people."

Volunteers have always been at the very heart of Red Cross says Mr Tickner.

"We provide volunteering opportunities that are flexible enough to fit into the busy lifestyles of our volunteers, yet are challenging enough to give our volunteers a sense of belonging and the opportunity to meet other community minded people."

To find out more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, or to make a donation to support the work of Red Cross volunteers, go to the Red Cross website at or ring the toll free number 1800 811 700.

Thankyou emails can be sent to

Media Adviser: Bruce Wardley, 0439 384 676