World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

June 6, 2014. Washington, DC. International Humanitarian Law Youth Summit. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red CrossHappy World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day! May 8th marks the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, founder of the International Red Cross Movement. On this day each year we honor the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The Red Cross seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found and is the world’s largest humanitarian network — 1 in every 500 people in the world is a Red Cross volunteer and 1 in every 25 people in the world is helped by the Red Cross every year!

In celebration of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, National Chapters across the United States, along with National Societies around the globe, will be hosting local events to honor volunteers and promote the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. In the Western & Central NY region, local chapters are organizing ceremonies for the IHL Action Campaign teams to congratulate them on their hard work and efforts this past year. This is a time to reflect and to celebrate the students’ incredible work educating their communities on IHL and humanitarian principles. The sustainability of the IHL Action Campaign is especially important to the Western & Central NY region and the ceremonies are a great way for the students to realize their amazing contributions to the program and get excited for next year’s campaigns and continued service with the Red Cross.

The amazing work of the Red Cross would not be possible without its most valuable asset: volunteers. As we celebrate the Red Cross and Red Crescent, consider the impact of those who serve to promote the mission of the Red Cross and support their communities. Anyone can make a difference as a Red Cross volunteer!

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