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Red Cross welcomes $2 million Queensland Government donation for Indian COVID-19 aid

11 May 2021 - Australian Red Cross has warmly welcomed the Queensland Government’s $2 million donation to support Red Cross efforts battling the surge in COVID-19 in India. 

Red Cross Queensland Acting Director Collin Sivalingum said the funds will go towards the Red Cross Red Crescent’s global appeal for Indian Red Cross’ work to address the worsening coronavirus crisis.  

“This is an incredible gesture which will go a long way towards supporting Indian Red Cross’ vital work,” Mr Sivalingum said. 

“In India, more than 46,000 Red Cross staff and volunteers are responding to the pandemic. They’re doing an outstanding job, providing oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators and COVID prevention kits to health centres,” he said.  

“India Red Cross has increased its number of COVID-19 equipped ambulances, blood donation centres, 24/7 helplines and increased its communication and community engagement activities to address misinformation on COVID-19 and vaccinations. 

“They are also procuring and distributing hygiene kits, masks, sanitisers and soap, to those most vulnerable. 

“It is critical that everyone, especially people who are poorer and more isolated, have access to vaccines, masks, clean water and hygiene supplies so they can take action to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy and safe.”  

People wanting to help can donate to Australian Red Cross Global COVID Appeal which is raising funds to support people worst hit by the worsening pandemic crisis in our region, including India. 

“The funds provide support for our local partners across Asia Pacific and beyond to scale up their emergency activities in response to COVID-19 surges and sustain their essential services such as health, water, sanitation and hygiene services to people and communities into the long term. It also allows us to continue our vital services for people in high-risk groups in Australia,” Mr Sivalingum said.    

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