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The Australian Red Cross Centenary

By Steven De Costa | Published: 30/09/2013

The Red Cross Centenary website is collecting the personal stories of people who have shared a remarkable history: the power of humanity in action. Volunteers, members and supporters, people who have helped and been helped, can tell their own stories in their own words, in their own ways. The stories will form the heart an updated Centenary website to be launched in 2014.

This pre-2014 site is a toolbox to help people share their story or the story of someone they know. It can be as simple as sharing a photo or writing a few words. They can share a longer story and add pictures, video or sound recordings. It’s up to them.

The site is developed over the top of a Drupal Commons installation, which will allow us to expand the site into a full content hub in 2014. The site is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and monitored 24/7 by CloudWatch to trigger the automatic scale up of web servers as the site comes under load. The Red Cross is publicising the site via various media channels, so load on the environment is highly variable. Using AWS allows us to maintain a highly responsive site at a minimum cost to our client.

You can visit the Centenary website at

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