Tough winter

A GROWING number will face a lonely winter this year, with as many as 1.5 million Australians predicted to be considered isolated or very isolated this year.

Red Cross helps people of all ages who are doing it tough. It helps isolated people reconnect with their communities by assisting them to join social groups and build new friendships.

Red Cross also provides free phone calls to thousands of elderly Australians each day just to check they are OK.

All our work relies heavily on the generosity of people who donate to Red Cross. I�m asking everyone to dig deep before June 30 to make sure Red Cross will always be there for our friends and neighbours.

To make a tax-deductible donation by June 30 call 1800 811 700, go online or use your smartphone to go to our website redcross.org.au.

ROBERT TICKNER,

chief executive,

Australian Red Cross.