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Stories of hope and kindness

Inspiration from a tough year.

In a year of uncertainty, we need the power of kindness.

It lights up dark moments. It brings solace and unexpected joy. It gives hope for tomorrow.

These are stories of hope and kindness, created in partnership with the BHP Foundation. 

They feature people and acts that made us hopeful for the future, no matter its challenges.

We hope they inspire you too. And here are some resources that we’ve found useful in tough times.


We follow Amelia as she drops off relief packages to people who can’t leave their homes.


After a bushfire, the kindness of strangers brings hope.


In just two years, everything changed for Elie – including his dreams.

The Kindness Project

An act of kindness that began at work is now reaching families who lost their incomes.


Share in the celebrations as Garnet receives his drivers licence having participated in the Red Cross Learner Driver Program.

COVID Connections

People who got on the phones each day to check up on others who were isolated.

Sue and Rob

After three years of drought, rain brings hope, but there’s a long way to go yet.

Laurine and Jan

The growing friendship between a former Syrian refugee and a Red Cross member has heightened both their lives.


We can’t do without people like Ella, especially this year. An engineer in her day job, she also volunteers with us to call people who are isolated and check on their wellbeing.

Want to keep the kindness coming?

Your tax-deductible donation can power a thousand acts of kindness.

Our favourite tools to help

We’ve all had to draw on our reserves this year. Here are some resources that our staff, volunteers and clients have found helpful.

Staying happy and hopeful in self-isolation
Tips from our families to yours

Maintaining wellbeing in the face of long-term stress
What you can do to look after yourself and others.

Leading in disaster recovery
A guide for everyone who’s leading a team, an organisation or a community in the wake of a crisis. 

Our thanks to the BHP Foundation for supporting Stories of Hope and Kindness.