JOHANNESBURG, December 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS), whose mission is to render services to prevent and alleviate human suffering, while fostering human dignity in all communities, is proud to announce today the official launch of its new South African Red Cross Society Mobile Application. This new humanitarian aid app was developed in partnership with Connectik, a company that develops platforms and mobile applications for enterprise and large-membership organizations.
The launch of the South African Red Cross Society Mobile App is the first nation-wide initiative for SARCS' new senior leadership. It is the organisation's major stepping-stone as they seek to digitise and improve services. The launch in South Africa also follows the recent announcement of H.S.H Princess Charlene of Monaco becoming a patron of the South African Red Cross Society.
The SARCS app provides users with access to a variety of features, including, but not limited to:
- Membership and access to SARCS services and benefits
- Volunteering in local projects
- Emergency alerts - the app sends up to the minute alerts, both national and local
- Make donations
- Register for training courses and events
- Access SARCS news
- Marketplace - using the app, users can purchase Red Cross equipment
- Donate blood - the app will help SARCS mobilise donors to give blood and provide the locations of donation centers
As an end-to-end solution, the app will provide SARCS with resource mobilisation opportunities to increase its membership base, volunteer base, and programme delivery, as well as tools to improve community engagement.
"We are thrilled to launch the SARCS app and bring a series of benefits to our members, volunteers and communities," said Derick Naidoo, CEO of SARCS. "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."
"We pride ourselves on our ability to create tools that help large-member organizations grow by creating resource mobilisation opportunities, while showing a positive impact on people that take active steps to enhance their resilience," said Hachim Badji, CEO of Connectik. "We are honored to work with members of the Red Cross and create impactful technology on such an enormous scale."
About The South African Red Cross Society:
The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) is a membership-based organization, auxiliary of the South African Government, and a member of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies. The SARCS core programmes integrate dissemination of Humanitarian Values, Disaster Management, Health & Care Education, and other activities supporting sustainable development. The SARCS programmes are implemented by volunteers who raise awareness and, for example, attend to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS as well as TB. SARCS volunteers integrate their key training and resource provision to address the needs of vulnerable people in the community.
Connectik leverages social technology to develop IT solutions (platforms and mobile applications) for enterprise and membership organisations to enhance information and communication between staff, members, partners and clients for resource mobilisation, and monetization of their various products and services. Connectik's user-centric, mobile-first applications are fully customizable to fit any enterprise or organisation's unique branding or service needs. Connectik's end-to-end solution also serves as an internal collaboration hub, with native collaboration tools that can be integrated with any other major enterprise communications platform. Connectik further leverages social technology with a business discovery platform to find new partnerships and growth opportunities. Backed by advanced security protocols, Connectik allows safe communication between any business or user, on any device, at any time. For more information, please visit http://www.connectik.com
Adam M. Ehrlich
VP Marketing, Connectik
SOURCE Connectik & SARCS