Your View: Answering the call

EVERY March for 70 years, thousands of volunteers have made a wonderful contribution to our community during Red Cross Calling.

They’ve knocked on their neighbour’s doors, said g’day, and their combined efforts have raised millions. All of that effort has gone a long way, allowing Red Cross to help where we’re needed most, from fires to floods, reducing suffering while keeping people safe, secure and connected.

So many extraordinary volunteers here in South Australia have also gone the extra mile, not just raising money but also reaching out to their neighbours, asking how they’re going and checking on their wellbeing. Red Cross Calling is more than a fundraiser.

It gives us a reason to connect and volunteer for the sake of our community. Research shows volunteering and helping in our neighbourhoods helps us live happier, longer lives.

I thank all those thousands of schools, businesses, community organisations and individuals who’ve answered the call over the years. These volunteers make Australia a special place to live.

This year we aim to double the number of volunteers in South Australia. Will you be one of them? Join today at redcrosscalling.org.au or call 1800 RED CROSS.

Mark Groote, Director, SA Australian Red Cross 

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