Every year on May 8th, people throughout the world gather to honor the core values of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by celebrating World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. It also falls on the birthday of the great Henry Dunant, the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the man responsible for establishing the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian organization with millions of members, employees, and volunteers. Their mission is to provide immediate aid to victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts, health crises, and social unrest.
Read on to learn more about the theme for this year and how you can play a part in observing this day.
What’s this year’s theme for World Red Cross Day?
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) chooses a different theme for World Red Cross Day each year. This year’s theme puts the spotlight on the selfless efforts of Red Cross volunteers and the positive impact they have on society.
The 2023 theme for World Red Cross Day will focus on the inclusive, human, and varied nature of the Red Cross Movement. The success of the Red Cross Movement would not be possible without the tireless efforts of its dedicated volunteers.
How can you make a difference on World Red Cross Day?
Here are some suggestions for how to make a positive impact in your community on World Red Cross Day:
Overcome your differences
Henry Durant always encouraged people to set aside their differences and help each other out of hard times. Protecting injured troops while being impartial is central to the Red Cross’s mission. According to Durant, everyone has a right to have their wounds treated, no matter what they did to get them. Take a vow to forgive your enemies and work toward peace on his birthday.
Contribute funds toward a good cause
The most effective approach to help individuals in need is through monetary donations. Donations in cash go the furthest and are used to buy necessities like food, water, and hygiene kits for the volunteers working on the ground. Donate to the official online fundraiser or charities like Orphan Life Foundation on May 8th to show your support. Our organization was established by veterans who have witnessed firsthand the devastation that natural disasters and war can cause. For many years, we’ve supported orphanages in Asia and Africa, specifically the Philippines, India, and Africa.