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Andrew - Western Australia

“When we moved here, it was a big change. Our family back home is very close but we didn’t know anyone here ...

“Back in the Philippines I studied medicine but when I came to Australia they didn’t recognise my prior education. I wasn’t studying, I didn’t have work. That was really hard because I was the new person in the community and I needed to find a way to fit into the group.”

Andrew became one of our volunteers and now his Red Cross friends are like a second family.

“Feeling that I was a part of something was a massive support for me … Even though I might not change an entire community, I can change someone’s life and that will have a ripple effect. I think ordinary people can make a big difference through simple acts.”

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