To show the two teenagers the work their donation will support, Australian Red Cross’ National Resilience Adviser, John Richardson, took some time out from organising the long-term recovery effort to show them around Red Cross’ operations room in Melbourne, where staff and volunteers are coordinating the immediate response.
From here, operation coordinators are in constant contact with Red Cross teams working in affected communities, providing practical and emotional support, and connecting people to vital services. Next door to the operations room, other Red Cross staff are going through the meticulous process of distributing emergency grants to people who have lost their homes.
Mr Richardson told the girls that this was just the start, with donations going to support communities through the long-term recovery process, which can take years.
The girls also had some ideas to share, including looking at traditional Aboriginal practices to reduce the impact of bushfires, lifestyle changes that support the environment, and the importance of a national climate policy. “If we set the example, that will encourage other countries to act,” Lola explained.
Thank you Clara and Lola - you're simply amazing!