Minister for Defence - Red Cross in Australia centenary

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Senator the Hon David Johnston

Minister for Defence

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12 August 2014

Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, has celebrated the Australian Red Cross’ centenary year by affirming the special relationship it has with the Australian Defence Force.

“Over the past century, especially during times of war and disaster or through the blood service, the lives of most Australians including members of the Australian Defence Force have been touched by the Red Cross.

“Our cooperation continues through the joint Australian Defence Force and Red Cross Frozen Blood Project, which will without doubt save the lives of wounded servicemen and women into the future,” Senator Johnston said.

To celebrate its centenary, the Red Cross is publishing the stories of Australians whose lives have been touched by the Red Cross as volunteers, members or beneficiaries of their service.

“Marking 100 years of the Australian Red Cross is a milestone worth celebrating and the Red Cross has in many ways helped shape our social history,” he said.

“I congratulate the Red Cross members and volunteers whose everyday work makes such a positive, lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable people.”

Senator Johnston encouraged Australians to take part in the Red Cross centenary celebrations this year by attending an event or sharing their Red Cross stories and photos.

Media Contacts:
Mark Dodd (Minister Johnston’s Office) 0477 389 560
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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