A massive thank you to our Emergency Services team who over the last few weeks have supported hundreds of people in the wake of a raft of disasters across the country. We have had flooding in North Queensland from the east coast to the gulf, Cyclone Marcus in the Northern Territory and bushfires in Victoria and New South Wales.
Our volunteers and staff are providing support such as psychological first aid, information and recovery advice, and they will be there for the long haul.
If you know anyone who would like to do something practical to help us, there are a couple of things you can suggest – a donation to our Disaster Relief and Recovery work or if they are interested in volunteering in future emergencies please send them to the volunteering section of our website .
If you have ever wondered what it’s actually like in an evacuation centre, read this great story of life inside the Bega centre. Bev, one of our evac centre volunteers quoted in the story, epitomises the community spirit of Red Cross people. “Even though my house is in the firing line, so to speak, I just have to be here helping my community,” she says.
Collaborating with clothing brand Zara
For all you Zara shoppers, look out for Red Cross clothing donation boxes appearing in-store across Australia this month.
The first three have launched in Chadstone, Bondi and Macquarie and is part of the #joinlife initiative, encouraging customers to bring clothes they don’t want or need in-store for Red Cross Shops. Zara’s goal is to have donation boxes in all of their 19 Australian stores by the end of April.
It’s a great way to encourage consumers to think about reducing their environmental footprint, and helps us raise vital funds. Did you know that we save 500 tonnes of clothing from landfill every year? It’s a pretty powerful statistic.
Aged between 16 and 30? Take our survey
We’re currently working on a project, led by the Volunteer Directorate, to make some big changes to the way young people can get involved with Red Cross and take humanitarian action.
A major part of the project involves hearing directly from Australians aged between 16-30 to contribute their ideas, suggestions and experiences.
If you’re in this age bracket, or know someone who is, please ask them to take our 10-minute survey and help us design the ultimate humanitarian experience for young people.
Finally, I would like to end this blog as I began, with a heartfelt thank you to those who leave us this week. You will be greatly missed and I thank you for everything you have given Red Cross.
Wishing you all a good week and a Happy Easter.