Give back by be­com­ing a Red Cross Call­ing vol­un­teer

Mansfield Courier - - 18 -

AS most of the coun­try gets back to work af­ter the fes­tive break, Red Cross is en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians with vol­un­teer­ing on their 2019 New Year res­o­lu­tions to start small and reg­is­ter as a Red Cross Call­ing vol­un­teer.

“If you’ve de­cided that mak­ing a dif­fer­ence is some­thing you want to do in 2019, start small and make it achiev­able,” Judy Slatyer, Aus­tralian Red Cross chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, said.

“An easy way to give back is by sign­ing up as a vol­un­teer door­knocker or event host for our an­nual com­mu­nity fundraiser Red Cross Call­ing.

“When you col­lect do­na­tions in your neigh­bour­hood, you’ll be help­ing to fund life-chang­ing ser­vices for the com­mu­nity, while strength­en­ing your own per­sonal con­nec­tions with neigh­bours.

“In an age where so many of us live on­line, know­ing the peo­ple in your street, school and sub­urb is ex­tremely im­por­tant. In heat­waves and bush­fires like we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced just re­cently, your Face­book friend liv­ing over­seas isn’t go­ing to be the one you turn to for help, it’s more likely to be your neigh­bour or some­one nearby.

“You can also use Red Cross Call­ing as a way to bring friends to­gether by host­ing your own char­ity event at your home, school or neigh­bour­hood.”

Ev­ery year, peo­ple from all walks of life get in­volved.

Par­ents sign up as a fam­ily to show kids the value of com­mu­nity ser­vice, re­tirees make the most of their time and join up and long-time vol­un­teers, some of who have been a part of Red Cross Call­ing for decades, con­tinue to be loyal sup­port­ers.

Reg­is­ter be­fore Fe­bru­ary 15 to knock on your neigh­bour’s door, shake a tin on the streets or host a fundrais­ing event, and help peo­ple through times of cri­sis at red­cross­call­ing.org.au and join thousands of peo­ple in March to raise money for Red Cross in their com­mu­ni­ties, schools and work­places.

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