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World Red Cross Day 2014

Red Cross people across the country commemorated 100 years in Australia

Thursday May 8, 2014

Centenary merchandise
Some of the items in the vintage themed merchandise collection.

Each year we celebrate World Red Cross Day on 8 May, the birthday of our founder Henry Dunant. This year it's the Centenary of Red Cross in Australia - a great Australian story of 100 years of people helping people.

As the world's largest voluntary humanitarian organisation, operating in over 1,000 locations across Australia and 189 countries around the world, we proudly celebrated our Centenary in every state and territory today, from Centenary events at West Australian Parliament House and the Northern Territory Parliament, to a ceremony at Government House in Melbourne.

In Sydney we officially launched our commemorative Red Cross Centenary coinAustralia Post stamp and vintage themed merchandise collection to formally commence our national Centenary celebrations.

Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner joined President Michael Legge and hundreds of Red Cross lifetime members, volunteers and young humanitarians at NSW Parliament House for the official launch of the Centenary commemorative stamp and coin.

"The Red Cross Centenary stamp and coin symbolise the significance of this key milestone in Australia's social history," said Robert Tickner.

"The Red Cross Centenary coin and stamp designs pay tribute to our volunteers - the lifeblood of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Collecting our stamp, coin and vintage merchandise are just one of many ways that Australians can share in our celebration of 100 years of people helping people.

We proudly presented our first silver Centenary Red Cross coin to Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of New South Wales, who paid tribute to Red Cross members who have given a lifetime of service.

100 years ago we joined the international Red Cross movement to serve the humanitarian needs of a nation at war. We have flourished in peacetime to become one of the nation's largest, most trusted humanitarian organisations which operates at all times with the principles of impartiality and neutrality, and an absolute focus on improving the lives of vulnerable people.

Throughout our Centenary year we will thank all Australians for their contributions to the first one hundred years of Red Cross, and to build on our strengths, our people, to ensure we continue serving the Australian community for the next 100 years.

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