The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) has launched a mobile humanitarian aid app developed in partnership with Connectik, a company that develops platforms and mobile apps for enterprise and large-membership organisations.

Earlier this year Connectik developed what has been dubbed as the ‘most advanced humanitarian app’ for the Kenyan Red Cross Society, and following that success, the organisation wanted to bring it to South Africa.

The SARCS aims to render services to prevent and alleviate human suffering while fostering human dignity in all communities. The app will help its processes run smoothly and provide access to more people.

The app, which is available on both Android and iOS platforms, enables users to see where local projects are happening that they can volunteer for, get emergency alerts during national and local crises, make donations, register for training courses and events, and see blood donor locations, among other things.

“We are thrilled to launch the SARCS App and bring a series of benefits to our members, volunteers and communities,” said CEO of SARCS, Derick Naidoo.

“After witnessing the success of various partners using apps developed with Connectik, we are excited to own today an app that will be pivotal to our ability to provide life-changing services to people all over South Africa,” continued Naidoo.

SARCS hopes the app will provide the organisation with resource mobilisation opportunities to increase its membership, volunteer base and programme delivery, as well as tools to improve community engagement.

The launch of the app is the first nation-wide initiative for SARCS’ new senior leadership and is the organisation’s major stepping-stone as it seeks to digitise and improve services.

The launch in South Africa follows the recent announcement that Princess Charlene of Monaco will become a patron of the SARCS.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to create tools that help large member organisations grow by creating resource mobilisation opportunities, while showing a positive impact on people that take active steps to enhance their resilience,” said CEO of Connectik, Hachim Badji.

“We are honoured to work with members of the Red Cross and create impactful technology on such an enormous scale,” concluded Badji.

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