Austrian Red Cross

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Austrian Red Cross
Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz
Formation March 14, 1880; 136 years ago (1880-03-14)
Purpose Humanitarian Aid
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
Gerald Schöpfer
Main organ
General Assembly
Parent organization
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Emblem of the Austrian Red Cross in Innsbruck

The Austrian Red Cross (German: Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz, ÖRK) is the national Red Cross Organization in Austria and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It was established on March 14, 1880 by Doctor Adam Lichtenheld of the Vienna General Hospital and is the biggest aid agency in the country.


Its duties contain:

Most employees are volunteers. In the year 2004, 45.000 employees were counted.

Presidents of the ÖRK[edit]

  • Karl Baron of Tinti (1880–1884)
  • Franz Earl Falkenhayn (1885–1898)
  • Prince Alois von Schönburg-Hartenstein (1899–1913)
  • Rudolf Earl of Abensperg-Traun (1913–1919)
  • Dr. Max Vladimir Eck (1919–1938)
  • Dr. Adolf Pilz (1945)
  • Karl Seitz (1946–1950)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Burghard Breitner (1950–1956)
  • DDr.h.c. Hans Lauda (1956–1974)
  • Dr. Heinrich Treichl (1974–1999)
  • Fredy Mayer (1999-2013)
  • Univ.-Prof. DDr. Gerald Schöpfer (since 2013)

National Organisation[edit]

The organisation persists of 9 subordinate national organisations, all are their own entities but are bound to the basic principles of the Austrian Red Cross. This has historical reasons, the national organisation originated out of many small, local aid organisations.

These consist of totally 142 district offices and 956 local offices.

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