The Australian branch of the British Red Cross Society began at Government House in Melbourne almost 100 years ago, nine days after the outbreak of World War I.
Since that day, the Red Cross has played a huge role in humanitarian efforts in Australia, and has helped the country through its extensive work in social welfare, natural disaster relief, its blood service and first aid programs.
Today more than one million Red Cross members, volunteers, donors, staff and supporters are out there making a positive difference to the lives of other Australians.
Locally, the Bacchus Marsh branch of the Red Cross has played a huge role in the local area and has helped the more vulnerable members of our community in many different ways.
Hopefully the Red Cross will be able to continue to help people for hundreds of years more, and if you would like to join them or find out more about what the Red Cross does then head to www.redcross.org.au.