Red Cross says 'Thanks'
Through the generous support of the Ritchies Community Benefit Card Program, Red Cross has gratefully received in excess of $255K since the program's inception. Here are some ways in which this money helps:
$25 provides a phone call every day for a month to check the wellbeing of an elderly or isolated person living alone
$40 trains one Red Cross volunteer in Myanmar (Burma) in community based first aid
$70 provides a healthy breakfast for 4 months for one child who could otherwise go hungry
$100 can help volunteers provide first aid and support to fire fighters and other disaster relief workers
$180 provides a family in the Soloman Islands access to safe drinking water, as well as hygiene and sanitation training
$500 equips a save-a-mate team to provide emergency assistance and peer support to teenagers exposed to alcohol and drug use
$1000 trains 20 volunteers in first aid so that they can respond during times of emergency
$2000 equips a personal support team to make outreach visits to isolated homes after a disaster to check on the wellbeing of residents
$2500 will build ten toilets for families in Timor-Leste, alleviating the spread of illness and disease
Shelter from a disaster on the other side of the world or a hot meal for someone living on the streets at home brings comfort and hope. Clean water for a child in East Timor and breakfast for a hungry Aussie child means a better future for both. Support for people living with HIV in China and a daily phone call for Australians living alone means living with dignity. Protection for people in times of conflict, first aid training and the commitment of half a million Australian voluntary blood donors help to save lives.
We help tens of millions of people around the world each year and care for local communities in Australia and Asia Pacific. With more than 100 million volunteers worldwide and 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia we can reach people and places like nobody else. Relief in times of crisis, care when it's needed most and commitment when others turn away. Red Cross is there for people in need, no matter who they are, no matter where they live.
For more information about Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.au