A new Red Cross survey reveals that nearly nine out of ten Australians believe we should be more kind to each other every day.
The survey also finds that nine out of 10 people believe Australia would be a better place if everyone did at least one kind thing a day, such as helping friends, family members, work mates or others in their communities.
Judy Slatyer, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Red Cross said: “Our survey reveals that nearly all Australians believe that more compassion will make Australia a better place. Our research also finds that more than two-thirds (69%) of Australians would like to do more to help people facing tough times.
“Australians really care about the people in their communities. It is heartening that nearly three out of five of us (58%) would like to do more to help in our local communities. We need to create more opportunities to be involved as less than two out of five (39%) are actively engaged in their local community.
The study shows that Australia is becoming more compassionate: more Australians care about making their communities a better place than three years ago, when just under two out of three people (65%) want to do more to help vulnerable people in our society.
“While we’re still helping Australians affected by the bushfires, we know that there are many other people who need support. From those in our community who need a hand in tough times, to those newly arrived in Australia who need support settling into their new home, we’re there every day,” Ms Slatyer said.
“With your help, Red Cross is there for people, whether it’s helping someone who is struggling to make ends meet or supporting someone as they recover from a disaster,” added Ms Slatyer.
The Red Cross study comes as more than 8,500 people are out in their communities calling on their neighbours, checking in to say hello and helping with the annual Red Cross Calling activity.
“Our research confirms that Australians are very generous and kind. Nearly all Australians (95%) did at least one act of kindness towards others in the past year, such as donating clothes, spontaneous acts of kindness and donating money to those in need,” Ms Slatyer said.
The MevCorp survey was conducted on behalf of Red Cross with a nationally representative sample of 1,011 Australians over the age of 18 between 21st and 24th of February 2020.
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