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Red Cross reaffirms commitment to Central Australia


Red Cross Chief Executive Judy Slatyer has reaffirmed the organisation's long-term commitment to the people of Central Australia.

Friday August 19, 2016

Red Cross works with local people on giant mural in Alice Springs.

Speaking after two days of meetings with peak organisations and community groups Ms Slatyer has praised local efforts to address the needs of the area's most vulnerable people.

"Red Cross and its partners including the Ewyenper Atwatye artists group, and the Hidden Valley Community Centre Mural project, are really helping to support local peoples' goals of a brighter future," Ms Slatyer said.

"We are active in the town camps, where we are contributing to work alongside people to develop their skills and capacity to have a better life. This includes developing thriving social enterprises such as that of the women artists, who have had a couple of sold-out exhibitions of their work."

Ms Slatyer says she was also privileged to meet local artists and view the art project taking shape of the Eastside IGA.

Red Cross has been a part of the Northern Territory story for more than 100 years. The first meeting was held at Government House in Darwin with the Red Cross Northern Territory Division officially established in May 1915 and it's been contributing to the community ever since.

Red Cross is active in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Galiwinku, and the Tiwi Islands, Daly River and Alice Springs.

"Around the Territory, we work with young people to help keep them out of the justice system and achieve their goals, we support men's mental health, we help build nutrition and connections with community gardens and Mums' groups; we support refugees and asylum seekers; and of course we're there before during and after natural disasters.

"We are there to support and empower the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society - wherever they are.

"We partner with Indigenous Australian families and communities as they determine and lead their own solutions. This means we are guided by, and answerable to, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations we are working with."

"There's such a rich history and incredible abundance of talent, wisdom and potential in communities including Alice Springs and we look forward to continuing our work together to bring about more lasting change."

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