An introduction to Red Cross
New Zealand Red Cross is all about people.
Hundreds of families seek refuge in New Zealand every year. Red Cross helps care for those whose lives have been forced to change as a result of natural disaster or conflict.
Week in, week out, Gerry and Jan deliver hot meals to people in Howick, Auckland, many of whom are elderly and unable to prepare the meals they need.
Andrew Cameron is from Hawke’s Bay and works as a health aid worker in areas of conflict, including Sudan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq and South Ossetia.
Grace volunteers for our awareness campaigns and helps collect during Red Cross street appeals in Wellington. It’s easy to give your time to help those in need.
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience.
Helping New Zealand – Day in, day out
A local Christchurch hero
It was an ad in the local paper that first had Steffan Rolfe thinking about becoming a New Zealand Red Cross volunteer.
When Noeleen Donnelly of Richmond decided to become a volunteer support worker with Red Cross Refugee Services back in 2008, husband Graham said it ‘wasn’t really his thing’ but he’d go along to the training to keep her company.
Support for Canterbury schoolchildren
The New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission has allocated $2.3 million to increase youth work and social work services in Canterbury schools until 2016.
Helping around the world
Red Cross programme changes women’s lives
Helena Okongo Tambwe is a beautiful, immaculately dressed young Congolese woman. She is tall and proud, but there is a sadness about her, and when she starts to speak about her life, it becomes obvious why.
Life after Typhoon Haiyan
Fourteen-year-old Rona Mae is standing at the place where her house used to be before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November last year. Her home in Tacloban is now submerged in the ocean, and her grandmother and an aunt are among the 1,700 people still missing.
Local nurse on the front line
Guru Dev Singh’s first dealings with Red Cross were as a small girl growing up in the town of Lautoka in Fiji. The Fiji Red Cross helped her learn some of her first survival skills, by teaching her to swim.
Helping in the face of tragedy
20 volunteers rushed to assist in initial response
Door knocking at homes in affected area and welfare centre support
Drought in the Marshall Islands
Four emergency response aid workers deployed with reverse osmosis desalination units to help make fresh water
Early recovery aid workers helping drought affected communities by making use of rainwater harvesting systems
Conflict in Syria
Emergency appeal opened to help support work of Syrian Arab Red Crescent
Health aid worker based in Beirut, Lebanon
Clean water distributed to 10,000 people
12,750 Winter Warmer packs delivered
Donated to the cause
Over 100,000 grant recipients