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Compassion in a global crisis

Red Cross Red Crescent is helping families to get essential hygiene items

Along with much of the world, we have been gripped by images from Europe of refugees seeking safety from war, violence and persecution.

The humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes isn't just a European issue, but an urgent global concern. Thanks to generous supporters, Red Cross is on the ground across Europe, the Middle East and here in Australia supporting people who are in desperate need.

In Europe, our Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners are providing refugees with food, water, hygiene kits and other essential supplies. Volunteers and staff are also providing emergency health assistance, reconnecting family members and providing psychosocial support.

The majority of people seeking safety in Europe are coming from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Red Cross Red Crescent is working in these countries, providing much needed humanitarian aid.

Australian Red Cross has sent aid workers to Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, including health professionals, security advisors, psychosocial support workers, and water and sanitation specialists.

In Syria, after four years of intense violence, more than 16 million people need urgent help. Many are internally displaced and seeking shelter from the fighting and the cold in damaged buildings, while others have become refugees in neighbouring countries. Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers with the support of Movement partners are helping more than 3.5 million Syrians in practical, life-saving ways, like providing food parcels, blankets and first aid.

Here in Australia, we've been heartened by the outpouring of concern for the plight of these refugees. We welcome the Federal Government's recent announcement that Australia will accept an additional 12,000 refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in Syria.

Thanks to our supporters, we are able to offer a range of financial and social services to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in Australia. We provide emergency financial aid, link people to housing, education and social support programs, visit detention centres to check on the welfare of asylum seekers and uphold their dignity, and reconnect families separated by migration, war and disaster.

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Photo: Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

Support Red Cross at this year's City2Sea

Hit the ground running and be part of the Red Cross Heroes team at one of Melbourne's most popular running events.

City2Sea is a 15km run that falls on Sunday 15 November. Starting outside of the MCG, runners enjoy passing some of the most iconic sites of Melbourne and finish down by the water in St Kilda.

Sign up to run for Red Cross and you will get a free singlet to run in on the day. We will be with you every step of the way with training tips to get you across the finish line and fundraising ideas to help you reach your target.

Register now »