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Meet Karen - The RUD February Charity Champion

Posted 13/02/2023
Employee Stories

The Red Cross slogan says, let's commit to helping and serving others.

We are well into 2023 and we continue into our February Charity Champion in the #RUDstory series. The #RUDstory is about our employees, the charities they support each month, the values they hold dear, and their experience of teamwork, challenges and motivation at RUD.

#meetKaren - The RUD February Charity Champion who spearheads the RUD Australia Lifeblood Team Donation Program for #Redcross.

Karen Gabolinscy works in Human Resources and Work Health & Safety at Brisbane and is very passionate about helping others. The People & Culture team sat down with Karen to understand why she is passionate about Lifeblood and how RUD is helping the community through this program.

What is the charity and how do they serve the community?

Australian Red Cross was founded in 1914 – in Melbourne by Lady Helen Munro Ferguson.

Australian Red Cross mobilises the power of humanity to bring people and communities together in time of need.  Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for human beings

  • Emergencies and disasters – find shelter, find support and find their loved ones
  • Employment Services – assisting people back into the workforce
  • Blood Services – operate blood banks Australia wide to help save lives

Why is this charity important to you?

This charity is important to me because

  • I am proud to be a life blood donor of 50 donations myself and knowing this contribution can assist so many in need and assist front line workers saving lives.
  • Emergencies and disaster assist is necessary within Australia and in particular Queensland, Red Cross is often first on the ground offering much needed support throughout these crises.
  • Red Cross offers support to people getting back into the workforce with employment services of CV writing, job application processes and upskilling of training – making a real impact to people's lives.

What does the contributions of RUD and the wider community have on helping this cause?

RUD’s support will be making a real difference…..

  • Supporting our workers to take the time out during work hours to donate blood.
  • Assisting with all costs to host a staff BBQ to raise much needed funds for the emergency and disaster appeal.

Any other comments on the charity?  

Please read some facts of Lifeblood and how it has been saving lives since 1929.

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