A caring bunch

ABOUT two thirds of Aussies are highly compassionate and want to help more people in need, according to a survey by the Red Cross.

And some of these people are not even teenagers yet; like Angela Seymour’s 12-year-old daughter Snow, who did the Red Cross’s Go Without Challenge, ditching a comfort item for a week.

Angela is no stranger to humanitarian aid and recently left her job at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Malaysia, to settle in Fremantle with her daughter.

She has worked and volunteered for organisations around the world that help the disadvantaged, including refugees and the homeless, and is now volunteering at the Red Cross.

“There is a thing called social death,” Angela says.

“Which means you’re not able to function as a social being when you’re set apart from humanity and you’ve been valueless, you’re disabled or you have poverty or chronic illnesses…and reaching out to these people is quite something.”

If you are interested in volunteering for the Australian Red Cross go to http://www.redcross.org.au

by SHREYA PILO

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