|Jonathan feeling some jet lag after traveling to New Zealand|
The Australian Red Cross is committed to helping those in need in the community, from providing breakfast for hungry children every day to supporting the elderly and isolated in their own homes. Australian Red Cross is part of the world's largest humanitarian organization, with more than 100 million volunteers in 186 countries. They are independent of government and have no political, religious or cultural affiliation. The Red Cross is well known for their Blood Service. Before the Blood Service came into formal existence in 1996, the collection, processing and distribution of blood products throughout the country's health system was managed by individual State and Territory Red Cross Transfusion Services. The establishment of a national blood service has facilitated new levels of national and international co-operation, resulting in improved consistency, quality and safety across Australia.