The International Network of Churches (INC), launched Global Care out of its former banner of Christian Outreach Centre in 1996. Since its inception, Global Care has made a significant difference to thousands of individuals and communities in natural disaster recovery and crisis aid, drawing accolade from police and emergency services, the Governor-General, and Federal and State political leaders. Global Care is the disaster relief arm of International Network of Churches (INC) and exists to spread kindness and love across Australia and the rest of the world through helping communities when they are at their lowest.
Global Care is best known for its volunteer army in their trademark blue T-shirts, who have proved themselves reliable and invaluable in the aftermath of significant Australian natural disasters.
Global Care provides much more than disaster relief, with our 97 local operations responding to the specific needs of the people that make up their communities. While each community across Australia may require a different form of aid, the focus of every Global Care outreach centre is still the same: Mateship.
Global Care activities have included:
- Extensive Disaster Relief work across the Queensland and New South Wales coastal regions after the devastation caused by Cyclone Debbie. Hundreds of volunteers spent several weeks working in the flood-effected areas to clean up properties, feed locals and volunteers, and assist in every way possible.
- Provisions of food for those affected in Vanuatu by Cyclone Cook, which hit the pacific nation in April 2017.
- National Others Week (NOW) annual campaign that takes place in the first week of November and sends an important message about the Power of Kindness throughout the community. NOW has run for the past 8 years, and has been operating in 7 countries.
- Global Care – Mt Isa, during National Others Week in 2016, saw their army of volunteers clean up a vast number of properties, receiving accolades from the Mayor and local businesses.
- The launch of the Global Care Graze ‘n’ Grill BBQ Trailer in 2017 that has already fed many people affected by natural disasters, and supported a number of important community events.
- Ride to Provide fundraising cycle expeditions including a group of Global Care cyclists riding 2300km from Tweed Heads, NSW, to The Twelve Apostles VIC, raising $27,000 for the work of Global Care.
- Continued Disaster Response in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, providing food, building materials, construction and labour.
- Disaster response to the Kilmore Bush Fires in 2014.
- Disaster response to the NSW Blue Mountains bush fires in 2013.
- Record-breaking blood drives for the Red Cross Blood Bank (on one occasion involving 600 people and seven blood vans).
- Provision of groceries and resources through numerous ‘Low-cost food distribution centres,’ and ‘soup kitchens’ for the homeless, assisting many thousands of people with emergency food and other resources.
- Disaster Response to Cyclone Winston in Fiji, which involved Global Care sending three shipping containers of food, tools, building supplies, medical supplies and educational material to the people of Fiji.
- The expanding supply of medical equipment by Global Care Africa to multiple countries across the African Continent.
- Ride for Resilience in 2021 and now 2022, fundraising around $80,000 for Global Care disaster relief funds by biking across the Simpson Desert.
Global Care has a heart of kindness and generosity, and an intrinsic focus on mates helping mates. This is the week-in, week-out faithful work of our organisation and our incredible volunteers.