Australian Red Cross
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Why do we exist ?
Australian Red Cross exists to help the most vulnerable people in our community whether they need assistance locally, nationally or globally.
Australian Red Cross relies on the volunteer spirit and financial support of the community to continue to provide assistance to those that need it most.
To become a member of the Australian Red Cross or support our activities and services you can visit our website www.redcross.org.au
What do we do ?
Australian Red Cross is a member of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. Working within seven Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality, the Red Cross works with no favour, political alliance or religious affiliation to provide assistance and support to the most vulnerable people no matter who they are, where they are from or what they believe in.
Our range of services and programs are as varied as the situations vulnerable people face including: front line medical assistance to victims of war and natural disasters, establishing sanitation and clean water systems to communities and refugee settlements and tracing missing family members lost through conflict or natural disaster internationally.
On a more local level the Red Cross provides, among many other services, breakfast to kids that otherwise don’t get any, support to asylum seekers and refugees, telecross services to elderly and homebound people and first aid assistance.
What opportunities do we have for young people ?
Young people play an active part in ARC through its many
programs, services, activities and events. These include:
- Junior Red Cross (in primary schools),
- Community Challenge and Community Action (in secondary schools)
- Good Start Breakfast Club
- Save a Mate
- Red Cross Youth International Project
- National and International Conferences
- National Poster Competition
Young people are also encouraged to participate in the governance of Red Cross and sit on both state/territory national boards and advisory committees.
The Australian Red Cross is looking to recruit a Volunteer Peer Educator for its save-a-mate (SAM) program. The position requires a minimum of 4-8 hours work per month and is based in Melbourne Metro North/West, Geelong and Regional Victoria. Check out http://www.actnow.com.au/Action/Saveamate_with_the...
for more information.