Be a Red Cross Calling volunteer

HEALTH insurance can be a lot cheaper than the large companies would have you think – all you need to do is give up a few hours this weekend.

Red Cross Coffs Harbour branch president Anne Moon said they are ‘desperate’ for volunteers for Sunday’s Red Cross Calling.

The Red Cross is often first in line offering assistance to victims of natural disasters and those in need of blood but volunteers spend a lot of time working in the community doing things families take for granted.

A smile and a chat can often be the best medicine for child patients and nursing home residents.

“Sometimes the volunteer is the only person they can talk to,” Red Cross Coffs Harbour branch president Anne Moon said.

The local chapter runs Telecross, Playscheme and Hands On keeping seniors at home and in nursing homes as well as children at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital Children’s Ward company.

These programs are manned by volunteers and funded by donations made by locals during Red Cross Calling.

This year is the ‘re-launch’ of Red Cross Calling as the fundraiser was cancelled last year.

Organisers felt that after the huge response given in the wake of the Victorian Bushfires it was unfair to ask the community to dig deep for the door knock.

Mrs Moon is calling on people to get involved with the door knock.

People in Coffs Harbour can contact Mrs Moon on 6651 2922 to register for a door knock route.

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