Letters to the editor

February 13, 2018

Time to go calling for Red Cross

- Wenda Donaldson, Victoria Australian Red Cross director

Every March for 70 years, thousands of volunteers have made a wonderful contribution to our community during Red Cross Calling.

They’ve knocked on their neighbour’s doors, said g’day and their combined efforts have raised millions.

All of that effort has gone a long way, allowing Red Cross to help where we are needed the most; from fires to floods, reducing suffering, while keeping people safe, secure and connected.

So many extraordinary volunteers here in Victoria have also gone the extra mile — not just raising money, but also reaching out to their neighbours, asking how they are going and checking on their wellbeing.

Red Cross Calling is more than a fundraiser — it gives us a reason to connect and volunteer for the sake of our community.

Research shows that volunteering and helping in our neighbourhoods helps us live happier, longer lives.

I would like to send a massive thanks to all those thousands of schools, businesses, community organisations and individuals who’ve answered the call over the years.

These volunteers make Australia a special place to live.

This year, Red Cross aims to double the number of volunteers in Victoria. Will you be one of them?

Join the fun today, visit redcrosscalling.org.au or phone 1800 RED CROSS.

Being in high spirit

- Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth

Life is not a product of the spirit, but of the nature.

This explains why it is sometimes so harsh and cruel.

Spirit is a knowledge, which is gradually acquired by humans through the ages.

It is helping us in the fight against the adversities of the nature.

If we follow spirit, we are likely to live longer and enjoy a smoother way of life.

But spirit doesn’t protect us fully against the natural and human-made disasters, or people who don’t care.

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