Australian Red Cross

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The Australian Red Cross is one of the many national Red Cross societies around the world. The Australian organisation was established in 1914, nine days after the commencement of World War I, by Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, the wife of the Governor-General Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, when she formed a branch of the British Red Cross.The organisation grew at a rapid rate. Lady Andrea wrote to the mayors of every shire and municipality in Australia asking them to initiate a local branch. Few failed to act on her suggestion. Typically, a letter was published in the local newspaper and a meeting called. By November 1914, New South Wales had 88 city or suburban branches and 249 country branches, all established within the previous four months. The Society was accepted by the community from the beginning. Much of the World War I home front activities such as knitting socks and rolling bandages was done by local Red Cross branches.

The passion and commitment of the volunteers is widely acknowledged as they rise to every natural disaster or personal crisis they have come across and been faced with, from fire to flood or drought. Today there are more than 30,000 trained volunteers and the entire Australian Red Cross program is funded by public donations and corporate partnerships. For the volunteers it is a 24 hours, 7 days a week commitment to help families whose lives have been touched by disaster and tragedy.

The Australian Red Cross supports and runs many different and important...
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