Shirley Gash has left a gift to Red Cross in her Will.
Australian Red Cross/Amelia Wong


We are honoured to have the support of about 42,500 people who made singular or occasional donations this year. We are especially grateful to our 123,000 regular givers; these generous Australians contributed almost $44 million to help us build stronger and more resilient communities.

Community fundraisers

More than 10,000 volunteer fundraisers supported our work this year through campaigns such as our annual Red Cross Calling and Big Cake Bake.

In Perth, the 54th Annual Bindaring Clothing Sale raised an astonishing $224,000 in a single day. About 300 members and volunteers organise and run the event, with preparations ongoing year-round. The event is held at the Perth showgrounds in May and attracts thousands of shoppers and high-quality donations. This is just one example of the amazing contribution our members make all around the country.

Together, community groups raised more than $4.9 million to support our work.


Shirley Gash (pictured above) is honouring the wishes of her late father, Erle, through a gift to Red Cross in her Will. He urged her to “always do something for someone else”.

A gift in your Will to Australian Red Cross is not only an amazing act of kindness, it’s a valuable legacy, with the power to transform lives. This year we received $12.6 million from generous supporters who left a precious gift in their Will to Red Cross.

In focusing on the future, we launched the ‘Pass it on’ campaign which challenged people to think about what they wanted to pass on to future generations. Common themes were financial security for families; a better world for grandchildren and great grandchildren; and the chance of a future for those whom life has treated harshly. As part of the program, 138 Red Cross donors and supporters attended two seminars where our ambassadors and aid workers shared their stories from the field. Five Will Days were held across Victoria and Western Australia which generated multiple referrals to our national solicitor network.

We are grateful for the ongoing support of our solicitors who give their time to support this program. And we thank the 544 people who have confirmed they are leaving a gift in their Will to Red Cross.

We sincerely thank the following supporters whose generous gifts of more than $20,000 in their estates this year have helped transform lives. We extend our condolences to their loved ones.

  • Colin Edward Archer
  • Lynette Mary Baird
  • Leonard Edwin Bergeman
  • Herman Blom
  • Valma Clare Burton
  • Elsie Fay Jean Chandler
  • John Gregson Coward
  • Henry Drake
  • Roy Esnouf
  • Margaret Joan Fleay
  • Dorothy Foott
  • Irmgard Graf
  • Beth Lorraine Grainger
  • Beth Elaine Griffith
  • Roseanne Faith Grimke-Drayton
  • Jeltje Haebick
  • Rex Alexander George Henzler
  • James Holt
  • Gordon James Horsley
  • Elizabeth Anne Kenihan
  • Marion Armstrong Kingston
  • Zoe Kominatos
  • Daphne Myrtle Krieg
  • William Garth Little
  • Lorna Dorothy Watson
  • Walter Jame Martin
  • Donald Hamilton McBride
  • Geoffrey Keith McCalman
  • John William McCarthy
  • Jack McDaid
  • Jean Margaret Eveline Millard
  • Joyce Merle Moore
  • Sally Muir
  • Eva Ann-Kathrin Olovson
  • Louis Alfred Hall Pelton
  • Margaret Jean Ralston
  • Norma Lois Riley
  • Lena Joan Ross
  • Heather Irene Shannon
  • June Aileen Sheppard
  • Samuel Kellett Shield
  • Walter Herbert Spratt
  • Joyce Ethel Sproat
  • Anthony Robin Topp
  • Hubertus Clemens Van Dessell
  • Antonella Maria Van Rossum
  • Diana Rosemary Vernon
  • Alfred John Wise
  • Christopher James Wood

Thank you also to the following supporters whose perpetual estates each provided more than $20,000 to support the work of Red Cross this year:

  • Estate of Melvie Mary Bennett
  • Alfred Ingram Chapman Trust
  • Dennis Osborne Clark Charitable Trust
  • William Mansell & Dorothy Higgins Charitable Trust
  • Estate of Daryl Giles Howard
  • Estate of Margaret Mary Langford
  • Leonard Christian Joseph Miller Charitable Trust
  • Heather Sybil Smith Estate
  • Graeme Douglas Watson Charitable Trust

Government funders

The following government agencies provided $1 million or more to support our services, or our delivery of government services, during the 2016/17 financial year.

  • Commonwealth Government
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • National Blood Authority

  • New South Wales Government
  • Department of Family and Community Services
  • NSW Health

  • Victorian Government
  • Department of Health and Human Services

  • Western Australia Government
  • Department for Child Protection
  • Disability Services Commission
  • Department of Health

  • Queensland Government
  • Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Department of Housing and Public Works

  • South Australian Government
  • SA Health
  • Department for Communities and Social Inclusion