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World Red Cross Day 2020: History, significance & celebration

On 8 May, we celebrate World Red Cross Day every year. The day is an annual event that celebrates the principles of the “International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement”. Volunteers are celebrated every year to pay tribute to the needy people for their unprecedented contribution.

History

May 8 is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, who was born on May 8, 1828. He was the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.



The mission of the Red Cross Society is to inspire, encourage, and take initiative at all times and in all forms of human activities so as to minimize human suffering and create a peaceful environment.

The Red Cross program is divided into four main areas: promoting human principles and values; Disaster response; disaster preparedness; Health and care in the community.

World Red Cross Day 2020 Celebration

The COVID-19 epidemic has led to many online celebration events by many societies. People use this day to donate blood but due to coronavirus outbreaks, no major celebrations have been held this year. Volunteers from all over the world will clap to please the frontline workers.

Seven Principles of Red Cross Society:

Humanity: – Its main objective is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for man. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation among all people

Fairness: It does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, religious belief, class or political views. The main objective is to help individuals based solely on their needs and prioritize the most urgent cases of crisis.

Fairness: To enjoy the trust of all, the movement does not engage in controversies of political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Freedom: The movement is independent. National societies, while supportive of their governments in humanitarian services and subject to the laws of their respective countries, should always maintain their autonomy so that they are able to act in accordance with the principles of the movement at all times.

Voluntary Service: This is a voluntary relief movement that has not been motivated in any way by the desire for profit.

Unity: Red Cross Society should do humanitarian work in its entire field.

Universality: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all societies enjoy equal status and share the same responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.



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