Re­build­ing lives

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

opin­ion GREG GOEBEL, Queens­land Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Aus­tralian Red Cross IT’S been a dif­fi­cult start to the year for Aus­tralia with nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Queens land, Vic­to­ria , parts of West­ern Aus­tralia and now, also, for our friends in New Zealand, Ja­pan and the Asia Pa­cific. These dis­as­ters may seem like yes­ter­day’s news for some of us, but thou­sands of peo­ple still face months of phys­i­cal and men­tal hard­ship as they de­pend on or­gan­i­sa­tions l i ke Red Cross to help re­build their lives.

Re­search shows re­cov­er­ing from ma­jor dis­as­ters can take at least five to seven years and Red Cross will be there to help as­sist in­di­vid­u­als as they re­build their lives and sup­port them on their long jour­ney to re­cov­ery.

But Red Cross doesn’t only help peo­ple im­pacted by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. We sup­port vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple across Aus­tralia ev­ery day. Year round, we are work­ing in com­mu­ni­ties right around the coun­try, pro­vid­ing ser­vices like a nu­tri­tious start to the day for hun­gry school chil­dren and sup­port for el­derly and iso­lated peo­ple in their own homes. Dur­ing Red Cross Call­ing, our March fundrais­ing cam­paign, thou­sands of Red Cross mem­bers, sup­port­ers, com­mu­nity groups and schools have been rais­ing funds to sup­port the work of Red Cross in Aus­tralia and the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

Through the power of hu­man­ity, by the ef­forts of or­di­nary peo­ple in­volved in ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tiv­i­ties, our sup­port­ers make a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of peo­ple who need it most. The en­ergy, com­pas­sion and ac­tion of our sup­port­ers en­ables Red Cross to help peo­ple in need.

I wish to sin­cerely thank the many peo­ple who have gen­er­ously do­nated to Red Cross Call­ing this year. The re­sponse so far has been great and we hope to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing through­out the month.

The funds raised through Red Cross Call­ing sup­ports our ev­ery­day work to pro­vide help and hope when peo­ple need it most.

This in­cludes our vi­tal work help­ing peo­ple pre­pare, re­spond and re­cover from dis­as­ters like the ones so many Aus­tralians have faced re­cently. It’s not too late to do­nate, go to www. red­cross. org. au or phone 1800 811 700.

Thankyou for your sup­port.

RED CROSS CALL­ING: Please give gen­er­ously to a very wor­thy cause

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