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Alice Springs Open Day

New Alice Springs Red Cross office will serve remote communities.

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Alice Springs Open Day
Hidden Valley Community Centre, NT. The artist Patricia shows Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner her Community Artwork facilitated by Red Cross.

Red Cross held an Open Day in Alice Springs to open a new centrally located Alice Springs office, on the traditional land of the Arrente people, and to celebrate the Centenary year of Red Cross.

In the Northern Territory, from tending to the wounded during World War Two to helping with the evacuation of residents after the devastation of Cyclone Tracy, Red Cross has been there.

Executive Director for the Northern Territory, Sandra Cannon spoke passionately at the office opening, paying tribute to the amazing work of Red Cross volunteers in Alice Springs, past and present.

"Alice might not be the biggest Red Cross in Australia, or even the oldest but what makes me really proud is that we've never turned our back on the most isolated and vulnerable people in our community," said Sandra Cannon.

"In remote communities, we deliver a wide range of programs including Personal Support and Wellbeing Services, and Food and Nutrition Programs in partnership with local Aboriginal communities.

"Our Good Start Breakfast Clubs in the Territory provide a nutritious breakfast to children who may otherwise go hungry, as well as giving good advice on healthy eating in a friendly environment.

"During natural disasters Red Cross Emergency Service volunteers work alongside police, fire and other government agencies and community partners to ensure local communities are well looked after," said Sandra Cannon.

Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner attended the Open Day and spoke about our Centenary celebrations in the Northern Territory.

"Red Cross' Centenary is a great Australian story of 100 years of people helping people. It's a proud occasion to reflect on the commitment and generosity of generations of Australians who have supported Red Cross.

"So many generous people in the Northern Territory have willingly given their time, energy and resources to Red Cross to help people living in vulnerable and isolated communities. Without you, our work would not be possible," said Robert Tickner.

Australian Red Cross President Michael Legge paid tribute to members, volunteers and supporters who make possible our everyday work in Alice Springs. "Whether you have donated your time and services to assist with one of our many programs, made a financial contribution, donated blood, or helped with community fundraising. We thank you."

Read the transcript of Michael Legge's official opening speech.

As part of our Centenary, Red Cross is collecting the personal stories of the many people who have shared in a remarkable history. So we'd like to hear from generations of Alice Springs volunteers, members and supporters, and the thousands of people who have helped and been helped.

Visit ourĀ Centenary website to find out more.