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Why donate to the South African Red Cross?

There are more than one billion people, who live in extreme poverty with no access to clean water or adequate nutrition. In recent years, extreme weather conditions linked to climate change and an increasing number of natural disasters – including floods and fires have devastated communities across the world.

As the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, we can respond within hours to global crises and our rapid intervention often prevents major disasters from turning into full-scale humanitarian catastrophes. The South African Red Cross stays behind to help communities recover and build their livelihoods long after the disaster has occurred.

Not all emergencies are sudden. The HIV and AIDS Pandemic as well as Tuberculosis kill millions of people every year. Our health programmes provide vital support to those living with these diseases. We support thousands more facing personal crises due to vulnerability or ill health.

The South African Red Cross focuses on preventing and preparing for emergencies. Our expertise in disaster management, combined with our unique global presence, puts us at the forefront of worldwide preparedness strategies. However, it is not enough just to know what preparation is necessary. We need funds to ensure we can always make an immediate, life-saving difference when disaster strikes. The South African Red Cross is not remunerated for it's services and is heavily reliant on funding.

As with all organisations, we have essential running costs that must be met. These are scrupulously kept to a minimum so the vast majority of our support goes directly to helping people in crisis.

We invite supporters to become as involved in our work as they wish. We report back regularly to donors on the progress of projects and where appropriate offer the opportunity to view our work in person. Supporters are also invited to attend events and briefings from our field staff. Equally, we respect the anonymity of these donors who prefer not to be known. We want our sponsors to feel a sense of ownership and pride in the South African Red Cross as much as we do.


Why are flexible donations important?

As an emergency response organisation, we must always be ready to meet changing demands throughout South Africa. We need support that covers the breadth of Red Cross work rather than a single project. This gives us the flexibility to respond immediately, wherever and whenever we are needed. Flexible donations give the Red Cross, the opportunity to effectively use the donations, to help those in need at any particular time. With your help we could do so much more.


Why do we encourage long-term commitments?

We always create long-lasting relationships with our supporters, as multi-year donations allow us to plan ahead and make long-term commitments to tackling key crises, such as the worsening HIV and AIDS pandemic and alarming global rise of Tuberculosis.


Ways to donate

  • A once off-donation.
  • Donate monthly. debit order form link. paypal.
  • Donate your time and expertise to the Red Cross.
  • Donate non-perishable food items. 
  • Please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be apart of Red Cross activities and Fundraising campaigns.


What your donations achieve

  • Buy a blanket for a disaster victim.
  • Buy a first aid kit that can save a life in an emergency.
  • Buy food parcels to support child headed households.
  • Train members of the public in life-saving first aid skills.
  • Train and equip volunteers that provide practical and emotional support to people affected and infected with HIV including orphans.
  • Section 18A states that donations are tax deductible. 


Banking Details

  • Account Name: South African Red Cross Society 
  • Bank: Standard Bank 
  • Account Number: 001680994
  • Universal Branch Code: 051001





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