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When Danny Nguy decided to volunteer with Red Cross, he just wanted to do something to help in his community.
As a refugee support volunteer, he was part of a team helping a Colombian family resettle in Porirua. However, the experience was also an opportunity for Danny to gain an insight into his own family history.
Danny grew up in New Zealand, but his parents arrived in New Zealand as refugees from Vietnam.
“It really gave me a fresh perspective of what it would have been like for my parents when they first came here,” he says.
“I was able to witness what it was like growing up in a refugee family and I wanted to use that unique perspective to help.”
Red Cross’ refugee support volunteers help new Kiwis rebuild their lives in New Zealand. Volunteers help families learn more about their new home and connect them with local services like schools, doctors and public transport. They’re also often the first friends former refugees make in their community.
Danny has also been a Red Cross Project Partner for more than a decade, generously donating every month to help people in need.
Project Partners play a pivotal role in ensuring that vital aid reaches people when they need it most. By making a regular, monthly donation, Project Partners enable Red Cross to provide much-needed community programmes and support at home and around the world.
Danny first signed up to give as a university student. Now living in Wellington, he continues to support the work Red Cross does.
“I wanted to use my money to do good in the world. Being able to give it to an organisation that helps people is important. My donations are used to run Red Cross programmes and to provide aid in response to disasters. Ultimately, my money is helping the people in the most need.”
Project Partners - helping those who need it most
Red Cross relies on generous Kiwis like Danny to help make a difference. Whether it’s around the world or across the street, our Project Partners’ ongoing support is helping transform people’s lives.