At RedR Australia, we have been overwhelmed by the uplifting acts of kindness and solidarity we have seen displayed around the world during this global humanitarian crisis. Like everyone else, we have felt challenged, apprehensive and uncertain about the future, but this crisis has also highlighted what really matters – we are all human, we are all humanitarians and we are all in this together.
While our deployees continue to help our global neighbours at this time, we also see the millions of small actions that people are taking to help their most immediate neighbours. We believe it is up to all of us to spread this local kindness and show our global solidarity.
So, this week, we are launching a campaign to celebrate humanitarianism in all its forms. Whether it’s picking up groceries for an elderly neighbour, buying a coffee for a frontline health worker, sending a postcard of hope to friends in another country, setting up field hospitals for local communities in the Pacific or working with governments to quickly respond to a COVID-19 outbreak, we are all doing one thing – #HelpingOurNeighbours.
We want to hear your stories about the everyday acts of humanitarianism you have taken, and witnessed, during this crisis. RedR Australia has 28 years of knowledge and experience working in global humanitarian crises, and there are many lessons we have learned that are relevant right now. Over the coming weeks and months we will be sharing these stories with you and we’d love you to share yours.
If there was ever a time to reflect on what it means to be a humanitarian – it is now. We must ensure the whole of society is treated with dignity, equality and respect. We must give a voice to people who need it the most.
We would love it if you could share your stories of humanitarianism and #HelpingOurNeighbours on the RedR Australia social channels – videos, photos and written stories are all welcome. Please also share our content and help spread stories of humanitarianism in action around the world.
Chief Executive Officer