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Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is inviting the community to join in the centenary celebrations of Red Cross in Australia.

 

Red Cross has helped shape 100 years of Australia’s social history and to celebrate they are publishing the stories of ordinary Australians whose lives have been touched by Red Cross, as volunteers, members of beneficiaries of their services.

 

Mr Wilson said 13 August is 100 years, to the day, that Red Cross was formed in Australia.

 

“Over the past century, especially during times of war and disaster, or through the blood service, the lives of most Australians have been touched by Red Cross.”

 

Every Australian can take part in the Red Cross centenary celebrations by attending an event or sharing your Red Cross stories and photos.

 

People can post their Red Cross experience of helping or being helped on social media using the hashtag #RedCross100.

 

“I congratulate the Red Cross members and volunteers in my community whose everyday work makes such a positive, lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable people,” Mr Wilson said.

 

Red Cross is unique as an impartial and neutral humanitarian organisation that brings people together, irrespective of religion, nationality or any political differences they may have, to help those in need.

 

“I look forward to joining local Red Cross people in our community to celebrate 100 years of people helping people,” he said.

 

For more information on how you can get involved visit: http://redcross.org.au/centenary-2014-get-involved.aspx

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.