TOUGH WIN­TER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

will be dearly missed by the com­mu­nity.

She is known for her fair, car­ing at­ti­tude who has al­ways put the wel­fare of oth­ers first.

She is a writer, story-teller and lover of tales.

She has been my coun­sel­lor, con­fi­dant, sup­porter and most im­por­tantly, friend.

Wher­ever life takes her, we know she will suc­ceed.

And while its not good­bye for­ever, it is good­bye to her daily chats, laughs and sup­port.

Some­thing I will miss ter­ri­bly. SU­SANNE REILLY,

Re­porter. A GROW­ING num­ber will face a lonely win­ter this year with as many as 1.5 mil­lion Aus­tralians pre­dicted to be con­sid­ered iso­lated or very iso­lated this year.

Red Cross helps peo­ple of all ages who are do­ing it tough. It helps 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 are OK.

It helps peo­ple who are home­less or at risk of be­com­ing home- less, those with men­tal health is­sues and dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies who want a bet­ter fu­ture for their chil­dren.

All our work re­lies heav­ily on the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple 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 call 1800 811 700, go on­line or use your smart­phone to go to our web­site at red­cross. org.au. ROBERT TICK­NER, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Aus­tralian Red Cross.

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