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Red Cross Calling – Brothers Answering

8Apr
Posted by: , Posted: 8 April, 2014

Brothers Leagues Club visited the headquarters of the Ipswich branch of the Australian Red Cross today to present another community contributions cheque.

Every month the staff at Brothers select a charity partner and raise money through collection tins placed around the club. Donations are provided by our many generous members and by the staff themselves, who wear a nominated colour each Friday to help promote the cause.

Recent recipients include the Ipswich Special School, Sunshine Children?s Ward, and the Rural Fire Service.

In March, Brothers Staff chose to support the Ipswich branch of the Australian Red Cross who provide local services such as the Breakfast Club, which serves a healthy breakfast to disadvantaged school kids, Telecross, which checks in on vulnerable people each day to make sure they are okay, and a visiting service to patients at Ipswich Hospital.

Red Cross volunteers also produce Trauma Bears which are given out to young children suffering trauma as the result of accidents and emergencies. The Bears are freely distributed through ambulances, hospitals and other emergency services during disasters.

Last year over 1,000 bears were distributed and according to Red Cross volunteer, Neil Vogler, the effect they have on kids can be transformational.

?I remember one girl at Emerald, she must have been about eleven, and she looked so sad. But when she was handed the bear, I?ll never forget the look on her face. Despite everything that had happened, it made her day.?

?It?s like a comfort rug? explained Pat Vogler. ?Just having that distraction and something else to focus on, it makes a huge difference.?

While all the labour to produce the Trauma Bears is provided by volunteers, the organisation still has to pay for materials. Red Cross Calling collections held at Brothers, combined with the collection tins throughout March raised more than $720 dollars which will go a long way toward assisting the program.

General Manager of Brothers, Mark Hennelly said he was delighted that once again, the club was able to make a meaningful contribution to the local community.

?This is what sets clubs apart,? Mr Hennelly said. ?Our members are regularly

contributing to community causes through collections and other fundraising efforts, and much of it goes unreported. I?m really proud of our staff who organise and support these initiatives all year round.?

The Ipswich Branch of the Australian Red Cross is holding a Centenary Cent Auction to raise money and celebrate their 100th anniversary on Friday 9th May. The event will be held at the auditorium of the Humanities Building on Nicholas Street, Ipswich. Doors open at 5.15pm for a 6.45pm start.

For more information, or if you?d like to volunteer or make a donation, call 3281 3736 or send an email to rcipsw@bigpond.com.

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Brothers General Manager Mark Hennelly with Red Cross volunteers, Pat and Neil Vogler