FOR the past century, the men and women of the Red Cross have been at the forefront of helping others in Australia.
Australia joined the international Red Cross movement in 1914, preparing food parcels for soldiers and prisoners of war and caring for the wounded.
Australian Red Cross NSW executive director Annie Harvey says this year is a time to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of members and volunteers who have served in towns and suburbs throughout the country.
"Today Red Cross runs a huge, diverse range of programs with a network of 90 regional offices, 180 shops and first-aid training all dedicated to helping vulnerable people," Mrs Harvey said.
"Whether it's raising money to help people recover from disasters, providing comfort and protection for refugees in conflict zones, helping vulnerable young people and families in crisis, or caring for the elderly and isolated, our local Red Cross volunteers always seem to be there when Australians need them most."
Each March, Red Cross Calling relies heavily on the generosity of individuals and community groups to raise funds for the organisation's everyday work.
"Members, supporters, schools and community groups come out in force to fund-raise for Red Cross Calling, conducting collections, or organising fund-raising activities such as cake stalls, morning teas or sausage sizzles," Mrs Harvey said.
"This year, as we celebrate the centenary of Red Cross in Australia, we hope everyone can make a difference for vulnerable people in our local communities by supporting Red Cross Calling."
To donate, to help in fund-raisers, or to find out how you can get involved, visit redcrosscalling.org.au or call 1800 008 831.