Clare Red Cross comes to the aid of humanitarianism

Clare Red Cross members Sarah Wood, Sue Mayfield and Helen Ashby assisting at a recent blood bank drive in Clare.
Clare Red Cross members Sarah Wood, Sue Mayfield and Helen Ashby assisting at a recent blood bank drive in Clare.

When it comes to a natural disaster, war or general humanitarian need, you can count on the Red Cross to be there in full support. 

In Clare, the Red Cross group have supported the community in more ways than one since its inception. 

Currently, the group has 23 members and its numbers are increasing.  

Red Cross vice-patron and member of the Clare group Helen Ashby said during the past few months there had been a slow increase in their members. 

Helen said it was a good organisation that helped many people within the local community and further afield for a myriad of reasons. 

They work closely with the emergency services and help to identify people in the community who might need assistance from the organisation. 

Members are put through training in outreach and psychological first aid every 12 months – recently this has been used by Clare members to help people recover, get through and deal with Brisbane floods, Pinery fires and the Clare floods. 

They work closely with the emergency services at a time of humanitarian need. 

“Up until recently we have been involved with the psychological help (for victims) of Pinery fire,” Helen said. 

“It does (Red Cross) so much and I do not think people really understand the breadth of care for humanity that is given.”

Red Cross was formed during the war and is still just as active. 

But it’s not just the emergency services and war time situations they deal with. Red Cross in Clare is involved with Food 4 Thought, Anzac Day, emergency services, blood bank and general fundraising for the organisation. 

With the increased number of members, the committee is able to spread the load of volunteering roles. 

“We are big enough now that it’s not the same people involved with everything. It’s not taxing on anybody.” 

“People are very generous and the young ones are starting to learn what it is all about,” she said. 

Every other month the group meets at the Barbara J Long Room in Clare.

Any age or gender is welcome to get involved and Helen said the more the merrier. 

“Get involved, you get a lot of pleasure out of volunteering...we get to know a lot of people,” Helen said. 

The Clare Red Cross group is just a small part of a much larger organisation, which runs nationally and internationally, helping people from throughout the world in any humanitarian crisis. 

Millions of members and volunteers operate in 10 countries. 

For more information about the Clare Red Cross group or to get involved call Sue Mayfield on 8842 3230 or Sarah Wood on 0417 816 912.

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