Good 360
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  | 

US Terrorist Attack -Not for Profits Take Action


Monday, 17th September 2001 at 1:09 pm
Staff Reporter
Australian Not for Profits will remember the mind numbing effect that news of the US Terrorist attack on New York and Washington had last week. Spare a thought for the US charity sector that is now responding to the crisis.

Monday, 17th September 2001
at 1:09 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
US Terrorist Attack -Not for Profits Take Action
Monday, 17th September 2001 at 1:09 pm

Australian Not for Profits will remember the mind numbing effect that news of the US Terrorist attack on New York and Washington had last week. Spare a thought for the US charity sector that is now responding to the crisis.

American Red Cross, which offers front line support, activated its Disaster Response Unit almost immediately after the first attack on the World Trade Centre. In the first two hours of the attack it mobilised 80,000 blood donations and began a national campaign calling for Americans to donate more.

Red Cross has combined with many other organisations; the National Organisation for Victim Assistance and Catholic Charities USA and the Salvation Army, to maintain the relief effort that many are more used to seeing in third world countries.

An Internet group called Helping.org is providing a catalogue of how people around the world can do something to help the victims of terrorism in NY and DC. The web site is www.helping.org.

Many Australian organisations have expressed their shock and anger at the terrorism offering their counterparts in America whatever support they can.

The National Chairman of Australian Red Cross, Mr Richard Morgan AM, has sent the following letter to American Red Cross.

On behalf of Australian Red Cross I wish to express our profound sadness and regret for the tragic circumstances that have unfolded overnight Australian time in New York and Washington DC.

Australians have woken this morning to news of this most appalling tragedy which has caused widespread shock and dismay across the country. Our State and Territory offices have already been overwhelmed by very generous Australians wishing to support the response of American Red Cross in some way. We have also informed your ambassador in Canberra that Australian Red Cross will provide personal support and comfort to American citizens in Australia should they require it.

Should you need our assistance, in whatever form, we will be more than prepared to respond.

The Salvation Army began offering emergency food, shelter, and comfort for rescue workers almost immediately. Hundreds of counsellors and social workers were placed on call, and make shift hospitals were set up as part of the Salvation Army effort.

In Australia, The Salvos’ spokesman, John Dalziel says they are well versed in responding to natural disasters such as Thredbo, the Newcastle earthquake and major fires and floods.

He says when a worldwide disaster takes place everyone looks to the US for assistance. Now their own well-prepared disaster action plan is being mobilised.

If your organisation has been called on to offer assistance or knows of any resources that could be supplied, you can share your information with other Pro Bono Australia readers at our Forum on probonoaustralia.com.au.



FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Helping the helpers fund their mission…...

FrontStream Pty Ltd (FrontStream AsiaPacific)

...


HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

US Business Roundtable Secure Katrina Relief

Staff Reporter

Thursday, 29th September 2005 at 1:09 pm

Friends of the Earth on World Summit

Staff Reporter

Friday, 26th July 2002 at 1:07 pm

Unhappy NGOs at prelude to World Summit 2002-04-22

Staff Reporter

Monday, 29th April 2002 at 1:04 pm

POPULAR

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

Disability Advocacy Group Fights to Restore State Funding

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 8:37 am

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th November 2017 at 2:28 pm

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Good 360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!