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Red Cross Launches Appeal on Ebola Virus

August 25, 2014 Charity, Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal to help the thousands of people affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa. Donations to the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal can be made at www.redcross.org.au or by calling 1800 811 700. 

More than 1200 people have died and over 2240 have been infected by the deadly virus, since the Ebola outbreak surfaced in Guinea, in March.

“Red Cross is supporting international efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa,” said Peter Walton, Head of International Program, Australian Red Cross.

“Since people first became sick with Ebola, over 1500 trained Red Cross volunteers have been working around the clock to help people understand how they can protect themselves and prevent further spread of the disease.” Mr Walton said.

“Red Cross volunteers are working tirelessly in their communities, particularly in the four affected countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. They have the unique understanding and knowledge to help prevent the spread of the disease.”

“The Appeal will help Red Cross volunteers, who are doing an incredible job, managing highly infectious dead bodies and helping to trace those who may have come in contact with an infected person.”

“In total, Red Cross is reaching more than 10 million people with information and education across West Africa. We’re stepping up our activities over the coming weeks aiming to stop the Ebola virus from spreading further.”

Red Cross aid workers are at the forefront of efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. “Australian Red Cross has sent several specialist health aid workers to help control the Ebola virus and treat the sick,” Mr Walton said.

“We ask all Australians to please consider making a donation to the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal to help the thousands of people affected by this dreadful infection and to help control the disease.”

People can make a secure online donation at redcross.org.au or make a donation via credit card by phoning 1800 811 700.

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