Parliamentary Friends of the Australian Red Cross

Nola with Australian Red Cross NSW executive director Joan Hughes at the Parliamentary Friends launch in Canberra.

In an act of solidarity, politicians of all persuasions put aside their differences to sign a historic accord and show their support for the work of Australian Red Cross.

”I am proud to be one of more than 80 politicians who have signed on to Parliamentary Friends of Australian Red Cross,” said Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino.

“As a Parliamentary Friend I share Red Cross’s belief in the Power of Humanity to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world.” 

“Red Cross works to address a range of issues that concern us all, whether it be helping people prepare for or recover from a disaster, providing nutritional information and access to healthy, affordable food, making reassuring daily phone calls to older people in our community who live alone, or providing clean safe drinking water to people in the Asia Pacific region.”

Even though Red Cross is a neutral and impartial organisation, politicians who have signed on as Parliamentary Friends are showing that they share the organisation’s humanitarian values.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott, National Party Leader Warren Truss and the Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne have all signed the Parliamentary Friends accord. 

The more people who support Red Cross the more the organisation will be able to help vulnerable people.

“Volunteerism is central to Red Cross’s success, and I know the value volunteers bring to all communities,” Mrs Marino said.

“One of the most generous and meaningful things people can give is their time.”

Today is World Red Cross Day, when people around the world commemorate the birthday of Red Cross founder Henri Dunant and recognise the tremendous contribution made by Red Cross people.

This year Australian Red Cross is celebrating the commitment of volunteers, the contribution young people make to the organisation and the everyday work that aims to strengthen communities and address disadvantage. 

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