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8 may


World Red Cross Day 2011


When World Red Cross Day is celebrated
The World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year on May 8 to emphasize the role of its members and volunteers in saving lives and aiding the defenseless communitiesaround the world.America also celebrates World Red Cross Day on May 8.


Why World Red Cross Day is celebrated


World Red Cross Day is verysignificant for the Red Cross because it is also celebrated as the birthday of its founderHenri Dunant. America celebrates World Red Cross Day to emphasize the hard work that all National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies dedicate worldwide for the relief of human distress and misery occurring due to disease, famine, disaster or war.


How World Red Cross Day is celebrated


There is a selection of themeevery year on the World RedCross Day to emphasize the goal of the celebration. The global theme of this year is “Together for Humanity”. The theme is chosen to draw attention to the need and power of partnerships of organizations. It also highlights the need for stronger local and global associations in facing the growing humanitarian challenges. On WorldRed Cross Day the American Red Cross give special focus on programs and activities to provide healthy and safe environment to the children around the world.
About World Red Cross Society
Today Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have the world's largest humanitarian network to provide relief. It is carrying out its activities and is present in more than 170 countries. So it is the world's largest force of unpaid assistants helping some 233 million recipients every year. The total no. of members of National Societiesofthe Red Cross and Red Crescent comprises approximately 97 million members and volunteers. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was originated as a result of aspiration to provide the first aid as wells as all the possible assistance to the victim on the battlefield thus alleviating the human suffering We can help in averting the deadly and painful diseases like measles etc by vaccinating children during such crises. Nevertheless the eradication of the diseases should be the primary objective to save children from sufferings. TheAmerican Red Cross and its partners are accomplishing this mission in many regions of the world. The Africa Women's Initiative (AWI) is another collaborationof the American Red Cross and African Red Cross societies to prevent and lessen the high rate of maternal and child mortality inAfrica.
The Africa Women's Initiative (AWI) has also contributed asa five-year, integrated health education and advocacy program with a gender component. The internationalRed Cross is an organization whose mission is to safeguard human life and health. Its aim is to prevent and lessen human suffering ensuring indiscrimination on the basis of nationality, race, class or political opinions, religious beliefs. Red colored cross on a white background was symbol originated in 1864 in Geneva Convention, must be recognized as a protection symbol in conflict.
Facts and Figures of World Red Cross Day
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a private institution founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland. International Committee of theRed Cross consists of 25 members and Red Cross committee authorized and empowered to protect the lifeand dignity of the victims of national and international waror conflicts, under international human rights law.Red Crescent Societies works in collaboration with World Red Cross today to coordinates activities within the Movement.
National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies exist in almost every country of the world today. Presently, thereare 186 National Societies, recognized by the ICRC. Most of these societies are using the Red Cross as their officialorganization emblem. Presently, the world Red Cross is working with other Red Cross societies to improve miserable conditions in developing nations. They are reconnecting families separated by emergencies. To help the victims of the national and international conflicts and other disasters we can make our financial contributions to theAmerican Red Cross International Response Fund by calling 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575

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