Red Cross volunteers attend a training session for their emergency services and outreach work.
Red Cross volunteers attend a training session for their emergency services and outreach work.

Red Cross ready for annual appeal

THE Red Cross Calling Doorknock will be held this month, so expect a visit from a volunteer or keep an eye out for their collections in local shopping centres.

The president of the Coffs Harbour branch of Red Cross, Trish Mill, said the local community had given generously following the recent disasters such as the Queensland and Victorian floods, Cyclone Yasi and the New Zealand earthquake.

“We’re hopeful that they will also support the every day work of Red Cross, which might be less visible, but is just as needed giving humanitarian support to the young, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged,” Ms Mill said.

“In particular this work includes the training of emergency services personnel and volunteers of which there are over 2000 in NSW and ACT.”

Trained Red Cross volunteers from the Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga areas have recently been deployed to Victoria, the Brisbane area and Far North Queensland to assist in running the 68 evacuation centres set up throughout these areas during the recent disasters.

“Whenever you see a Red Cross Emergency Service Team in action your donation will have been an important contribution to our team,” she said.

For further information on Red Cross services, how to make a donation or become a Red Cross member or volunteer, phone the Coffs Harbour Branch on 6651 2922.

All volunteers collecting for the appeal will wear ID tags.



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