THE Red Cross served up lots of delicious home baked treats at this year’s Motorfest with 100% of the funds raised going to the Australian charity.
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Around 10 local members, resplendent in red, volunteered their time and smiles to support sales of sweet and savory baked goods.
Red Cross volunteer, Helen James, told NOTA, “We love supporting the Motorfest with the vintage cars and crowds.”
“March is also ‘Red Cross Calling’ month, our national fundraising campaign. This year rather than door knocking, we are urging locals to support our fundraising by purchasing baked goodies or going online at redcross.org.au.”
In the wake of the drought, Black Summer bushfires and floods, there have been some community concerns about how and when donations are distributed to families and people in need.
The Tea Gardens Red Cross Branch is a long standing and strong group of volunteers who meet regularly and support many community events and service projects.
They have contributed towards raising over $127m since July 2019.
These funds immediately went to on-the-ground relief centres and evacuation points ($5m) and directly to people who lost their homes and /or family members ($61.5m).
Another $60m is being allocated to support mid-to-long term recovery across many locations.
Some recovery projects will take a few years to complete.
Donations will continue to roll out to support Australians with appropriate administration support to ensure access, equity and prevent any fraud.
For further information about the Red Cross Tea Gardens Branch or to join or donate, contact 1800 733 276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Sandra MURRAY