Celebrate the Centenary of Australian Red Cross

Celebrate the Centenary of Australian Red Cross

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Posted 2014-07-09 by Alison Muirheadfollow

Fri 08 Aug 2014 - Sat 09 Aug 2014



Did you know that a great social welfare service is getting its letter from the Queen this year? The Australian Red Cross is celebrating its centenary. Whether Australia is suffering the ravages of fire, famine, floods, cyclone or warfare, the Red Cross is always there. Many a homeless or otherwise disadvantaged person has received a hand up rather than a handout through its training programs.

World War I was the catalyst for its formation in Australia. August 13 1914, nine days after the outbreak of hostilities, volunteers swung into action. Of a population of seven million, nearly half a million were Red Cross members or participated in First Aid programs. These were mostly women who sought to "do their bit" in wartime.

In 1929 the blood transfusion service was founded in Victoria. Where would we be without it now? In 1918 the Junior Red Cross was established. How many of you can remember being members in your school years? Miss Galbraith, Grade Two teacher at Stafford State School, had lots of the pupils in red capes in the 'fifties. She ran a tight ship.

The Red Cross is using the sausage sizzle at all the Bunning's stores across Brisbane on Saturday 9th of August to highlight that this is their centenary year and to raise much needed funds to continue its humanitarian work. The City Hall basement Rest Rooms' Commix Café team, consisting of head honcho, John, along with his faithful sidekicks, Rizal, Josh, Erin, and Lilly, will be manning the Bunning's at Cannon Hill between 8am and 1pm. Rizal is my husband's barista pinup, and uses any excuse to drop into Commix for a coffee.

What else can you do in this important centenary year? It can be as painless as walking into Commix for a cuppa, a snack or a meal, or you might be up for a little bit of pain by donating to local blood stocks. For the extroverts with a humanitarian heart:
BE PART OF THE ACTION!
FORM A HUMAN EMBLEM

We need at least 100 people to stand shoulder to shoulder and form the iconic emblem of the Red Cross during the Red Cross Centenary Showcase being held in King George Square.
When: Friday 8 August 2014, between 12pm and 1pm
Where: King George Square
Who: People like you and Red Cross people
How: Wear Red Clothing to ensure a highly visual display
Why: Make a giant human emblem - a symbol of the power of humanity to celebrate 100 years of Red Cross in Australia
How: [email protected]
The formation of the emblem will be captured in photos to document this fantastic event. It's a really fun and simple way to support Red Cross and meet great people and be part of something big.



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