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Everyone counts, It’s time to declutter + We Play, We Learn, We Belong

31 July 2019

Everyone counts

Hi everyone, 

Do you know how many people are reached by Red Cross and Red Crescent people each year? The new IFRC report Everyone Counts presents data from all 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and highlights the extraordinary achievements of our global network.

The numbers are impressive. In 2017, we collectively had 13.7 million volunteers and reached 67.3 million people with long-term services and development programs, and 32.9 million people reached with disaster response and recovery work. In health programming, our network reached 103 million people, a great example of the breadth and depth of our work and our global network of local humanitarian actors.

The report also includes a detailed analysis on the representation of women across all levels of the IFRC. It looks at how well our global network is performing in terms of its commitments to gender equality, both as it relates to staff and governance, as well as the number of women reached by Red Cross and Red Crescent programs.

18 new Red Cross shops in 18 months

I want to give a big shout out to the retail team for doing a fantastic job with our store openings. Over the last 18 months, we have opened a store a month – that’s a big piece of work! 

The latest store opened last week in Hove, Adelaide. The team has worked hard to deliver on time and on budget and our new stores are an important component of our growth strategy. Well done, team. 

It’s time to declutter

It’s that time of year again where my inner Marie Kondo strikes and I’m ready to revisit my wardrobe and start decluttering. I find this really hard because I can always think of a reason to keep something.  It helps to know I will be donating what goes in the ‘out’ pile for the Red Cross shop. 

If you’re also planning to declutter over the weekend, check the list of shops near you where you can pop by to donate your items. When you donate your pre-loved winter clothes, you’re giving them a new lease of life. Don’t forget to remind your friends and family to donate too. 

Thriving communities

I’m thrilled to share that we have joined the Thriving Communities Partnership network. It is a cross-sector collaboration ensuring that everybody has fair access to the modern essential services they need to thrive in contemporary Australia. The partnership aims to build more resilient communities and stronger businesses. 

The TCP provides a platform for collaboration, learning, research and projects that combat customer vulnerability and hardship.

It is great to be accepted into this initiative as it gives us the opportunity to connect and share expertise with organisations from a range of sectors to build more resilient communities and address growing issues of vulnerability and hardship.

We Play, We Learn, We Belong

This Sunday is the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day. It’s the day that celebrates First Nations’ children and led by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children (SNAICC). The theme this year is ‘We Play, We Learn, We Belong’.

This important day, we pay tribute to the work of SNAICC. Through Strategy 2020, we continue to focus on programs that support the improved wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples, such as SAMOW, The Shak and Community Centres.  

Jenny Brown is also a member of the Family Matters, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership group, a national campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

Find out how you can participate in events across the country and access resources. You can also touch base with our National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Team to learn more. 

A robot named Pink

Lastly, I recently read this interesting article about a school using a robot called Pink to teach an Aboriginal language at the Maitland Lutheran School. Some of you may recall that I’m learning to sing the song Wiyathul in language. It’s one of my Reconciliation Action Plan ‘I will…’ plans. I think this is a brilliant idea to teach language to the students and make it part of early learning in schools. Have a read at how digital technology is helping with engagement and learning and why Pink works so well connecting the students with the Narungga culture and language. 

There’s also great coverage on Kieren Box, an Australian Red Cross nurse who shared about his experience working in South Sudan. He was featured in the Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph and The Courier Mail

Till next week.