Red Cross welcomes Dr Munjed Al Muderis as new Ambassador

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Australian Red Cross is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Munjed Al Muderis as our newest Ambassador.

“Dr Al Muderis’ personalstory of fleeing Iraq and coming to Australia asa refugee makes him a powerful advocate for our humanitarian work supporting vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees” said Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner.

“Today Dr Al Muderis is a pioneering surgeon giving amputees the ability to walk, but his journey was filled with the same hardships shared by so many who are forced to flee their home and seek asylum in a new country.

“After 100 years of supporting vulnerable people who’ve come to Australia in search of safety, Red Cross is well placed to discuss the realities faced by asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.

Dr Al Muderis will be a tremendous advocate to foster understanding and build a stronger, more connected community.

“Dr Al Muderis has expressed interest in working overseas as a Red Cross aid worker should his surgical skills be needed in times of disaster, which is an extremely valuable opportunity,” said Robert Tickner.

Dr Munjed Al Muderis said: “I was inspired to support Red Cross because I have always wanted to be part of an organisation that is purely devoted to humanitarian purposes, with no financial benefits.

“Red Cross is one of a handful of organisations that is completely neutral and not for profit, with no political agenda – there’s nothing better than Red Cross for that.

“I am keen to serve Red Cross in the capacity of a surgeon in times of disaster. Red Cross is well known as the first in the field in any kind of disaster, regardless of how dangerous the situation is, anywhere in the world.

“I am very passionate about enlightening people about the facts of people seeking asylum in Australia and around the world as I was a refugee myself, I am a refugee.

“I strongly feel that as Australians living in a first world country we have a duty of care toward our fellow humans. If we think we are remote and far away from disasters we need to think again, because disasters can happen in Australia. We should not be complacent,” said Dr Al Muderis.

Source: Red Cross Australia

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