South African Red Cross Society
The South African Red Cross Society was founded in 1921 and is a member organisation of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). As the largest volunteer driven organisation, the Red Cross Society has over 100 million members and a presence in 189 countries.
SARCS is an auxiliary to the Government of South Africa and mandated to render humanitarian service to vulnerable communities for both man-made or natural disasters, as per The South African Red Cross Society and Legal Protection of Certain Emblems Act, Number 10 of 2007.
SARCS has 400 staff members and approximately 3 000 volunteers, based around 34 branch offices in nine provinces, to effectively and efficiently implement humanitarian interventions across the country.