When Andrew and his family first moved to Australia, they felt very alone.
“When we moved here, it was a big change. Our family back home is very close but we didn’t know anyone here,” he said.
“Back in the Philippines I studied medicine but when I came to Australia they didn’t recognise my prior education. I wasn’t studying. I didn’t have work. That was really hard because I was the new person in the community and I needed to find a way to fit into the group.”
Andrew became one of our volunteers and now his Red Cross friends are like a second family.
“Feeling like I was part of something was a massive support for me. Even though I might not change an entire community, I can change someone’s life and that will have a ripple effect. I think ordinary people can make a big difference through simple acts.”
We think so too! Whether you’re a volunteer, or whether you give a kind donation, Red Cross is all about harnessing the power of humanity to bring more good to our world.