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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

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.

Other Stuff

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 for more information.

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Jeno! 16-Nov-2006

I've given blood before, It gives you a buzz, knowing that your blood, which you can readily give up can help people and save lives.



SammyP 02-Nov-2006

i'm the same as you pippa, but i find that wil support from having a friend with you and the more donations you give, the better it is. i'm going to donate plasma next week, yay. lets hope i don't freak out, lol



¡Pandas! 15-Aug-2006

I've given blood twice and not to sound lame but I honestly felt so much better afterwards. I'm not really afraid of needles though so I can't help you with that. I think it's great that you want to give blood despite your fear. It really makes my blood boil (how relevant!) when adults don't give blood because they are 'too busy'. Too busy to save some lives hey? What's more important than that? It's one of the easiest ways to help your fellow citizens and, to me anyway, it is painless and quick and rather relaxing! Mind you I have low blood pressure so the machine usually beeps at me which is really embarrassing!!



Pippa 15-May-2006

I love the idea of giving blood, but hate the idea of it being drawn!

I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to having blood taken - I get faint, sweaty and feel super nauseous. But that shouldn't stop me from giving blood! Does anyone have any tips on how to psychologically prepare yourself for giving blood?