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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

15 May 2018

The International Committee of the Red Cross Head of Regional Delegation for southern Africa, Mr Vincent Cassard, hosted a reception in Pretoria on the occasion of World Red Cross and Red Crescent day on 8 May 2018.

World Red Cross Day has become an important day in the history of humanitarian work and is commemorated annually on the 8th of May to celebrate the role that is played by National Societies, Red Cross Federation (IFRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the life saving events as well as assisting the vulnerable social people all around the world. It is on the birthday of Henri Dunant who was the founder of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the year 1863 in the Geneva, Switzerland that this day is celebrated.

The International Committee of the Red Cross was formed in 1863 and is the founding body of the movement. Under the terms of the Geneva Conventions, it undertakes the role of neutral intermediary in times of armed conflict, providing protection and assistance to victims, visiting detainees, providing medical care to the sick and wounded, tracing and reuniting separated families.

The South Africa Red Cross Society (SARCS) is a humanitarian organization that has officially existed in South Africa since 1932. The Red Cross as a movement operates in 190 countries and has approximately 70 million employees, volunteers and members worldwide. The South African society has 38 operating sites nationwide, 450 employees and 2300 paid volunteers.

Mr Vincent Cassard said that on this day the volunteers and staff of the organisation around the world are celebrated and the smiles that they bring to the faces of the people they support, each day.

SA Red Cross Chairperson Connie Motshumi said that amongst the things that makes her smile is taking a displaced child to meet his/her family, feeding the hungary, people in disasters returning to normality, taking the sick to a doctor. She said that it is important for her that the Red Cross badge stays relevant showing future generations their humanity and volunteerism.

Through the ICRC augmented reality app “Enter The Room” guests had the opportunity to get a sense of what those caught in a conflict zone experience. Many said that what they experienced with this app was shocking and it hit home the trauma and suffering  experienced by so many.

Different regions within South Africa celebrated the day through hosting various events.




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