Help the lonely

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

A GROW­ING num­ber of our neigh­bours will face a lonely win­ter this year, with as many as 7%, or 1.5 mil­lion Aus­tralians pre­dicted to be con­sid­ered iso­lated or very iso­lated this year. Hav­ing friends around us makes us more re­silient to life’s knocks and chal­lenges. Red Cross helps peo­ple of all ages who are do­ing it tough. We help iso­lated peo­ple re­con­nect with their com­mu­ni­ties by as­sist­ing them to join so­cial groups and build new friend­ships. Red Cross also pro­vides free phone calls to thou­sands of el­derly Aus­tralians each day just to check they’re okay. We help peo­ple who are home­less or at risk of be­com­ing home­less, those with men­tal health is­sues and dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies who want a bet­ter fu­ture for their chil­dren. Across the Asia Pa­cific re­gion, we work to pro­vide clean drink­ing wa­ter and bet­ter san­i­ta­tion and help rebuild lives af­ter ma­jor dis­as­ters. All of our work re­lies heav­ily on the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple like you who do­nate to Red Cross. I’m ask­ing ev­ery­one to dig deep be­fore June 30 to make sure Red Cross will al­ways be there for our friends and neigh­bours. To make a tax-de­ductible do­na­tion by June 30, phone 1800 811 700, go on­line or use your smart phone to go to our web­site at www.red­cross.org.au. ROBERT TICK­NER

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Aus­tralian Red Cross

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