Red Cross welcomes Tasmanian Parliament resolution to commemorate 100 years in Australia.
Tuesday August 19, 2014
Happy 100th Birthday Tasmanian Red Cross!
To mark the Centenary of Australian Red Cross, the Tasmanian Parliament today became the second Parliament in Australia to move a cross-party resolution recognising 100 years of humanitarian service to the Australian community.
"Red Cross is proud to receive the support of all parties in the Tasmanian Parliament today to mark this remarkable milestone in Australia's social history," said Acting Red Cross Executive Director Tasmania, Howard Colvin.
"It was a proud moment to join with fellow Red Cross staff, members and volunteers in the chamber today to witness the Red Cross Centenary motion being passed.
"The Tasmanian Parliament resolved its continued support for the independent, neutral and impartial humanitarian mission of Red Cross to work with and assist the most vulnerable people in need, both in Australia and internationally.
"It was important to receive cross-party support for the motion, in recognition of Red Cross' long standing principle of neutrality and our unique auxiliary status to Government in the humanitarian field, working in partnership with governments of all political persuasions.
"Our Centenary is an exciting time of celebration and renewal, a great Australian story of the extraordinary generosity and compassion of everyday people helping people.
"The resolution recognises generations of Tasmanians who have contributed to Red Cross as members, volunteers and donors by responding in times of crisis, during war or disasters, or helping people who have fallen on hard times.
"Today our programs support vulnerable Australians across all ages and social circumstances, from helping young people to 'Save a Mate' through to helping elderly people living alone, responding to disasters or supporting vulnerable migrants.
"Part of the world's largest humanitarian movement, our legacy was built by millions of people over a century who have acted with compassion to help vulnerable people in need.
"Today, more than ever, we rely on generous public support to make sure we can be there for people in need for decades to come, which is why the recognition of the Tasmanian Parliament means so much," said Howard Colvin.
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