A growing number of people in our own neighbourhoods are facing a lonely winter.  As many as 7%, or 1.5 million Australians are likely to be considered isolated or very isolated this year, according to Red Cross.*

Red Cross Chief Executive, Robert Tickner says “social connections with other people matter.”

Red Cross helps people of all ages reconnect with their communities by assisting them to join social groups and build new friendships.  Red Cross also provides free phone calls to thousands of elderly Australians each day.

“Having friends around us supports good mental health” says Mr Tickner “and makes us more resilient to life’s knocks and challenges.

“Red Cross helps people of all ages connect with other people by encouraging them to join local social groups and build new friendships.”

“The number of people who need our help continues to grow each year and Red Cross is finding it more and more difficult to attract the support we need to do this vital work.

“We help people who are homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, those with mental health issues and disadvantaged families who want a better future for their children.

“Across the Asia Pacific region we are working with our near neighbours to provide clean drinking water and better sanitation, and help rebuild lives after major disasters.

“All of our work relies heavily on the generosity of people like you who donate to Red Cross.

“I’m asking you to dig deep before the 30th June to make sure Red Cross will always be there for our friends and neighbours when they’re doing it tough.”

To make a tax deductible donation by June 30 call 1800 811 700, go online or use your smartphone to go to our website at