May 8 is observed as the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Every year, the day celebrates the principles of the “International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement”. The celebrations aim to pay tribute to the volunteers who participated in the event as well as welcome their precious contribution to helping people in need. Mainly, World Red Cross Day focus on the food shortage, natural calamities, war as well as diseases of the epidemic.
Henry Dunant was the founder of the Red Cross as well as the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863 in the Country of Switzerland of Geneva. He was a high-profile person and became the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.
There are almost 97 million members and also many Volunteers which are of the Red Crescent as well as Red Cross. They are honored to do every task for the humans for providing them relief to the Worldwide which consists of the 170 Nations. There are about 240 Lakhs people are profited by the help of the Workers of the Red Cross activities.
History of Red Cross and Red Crescent Day:
World Red Cross Day is celebrated to honor Henry Dunant, the founder of an International Red Cross Crescent Movement. It is celebrated by the National Societies affiliated to the International Committee of the Red Cross in their countries to create awareness about the need for life protection in some drastic conditions.
As a contribution to the peace after World War I at 14th International Conference of the Red Cross, this day was introduced by an international commission. The principles of the Red Cross Truce was presented and approved in the year 1934 on the15th International Conference at Tokyo. This day is celebrated by the people on an international level to diminish people’s suffering, protecting their life from emergencies and lots of natural disasters including epidemic diseases, floods, and earthquakes and enhancing their dignity. It is celebrated by the various Red Cross organizations across the world to help people with its fundamental principles like independence, humanity, impartiality, universality, neutrality, voluntary, and unity.
Celebrations for World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day:
Various events and programmes are organised on World Red Cross Day at many places to help people free of cost. 50 volunteers are enrolled by the District Red Cross Branches and 25 volunteers by the taluka Red Cross Branches to offer the humanitarian services every year. The particular branch with their enrolled new volunteers welcomes the Red Cross Rath by the Zone wise Rath Yatra Movement where it has organized local programmes to highlight the Red Cross activities.
Some of the National societies celebrate the World Red Cross Day by organizing the anaemia and blood donation awareness programmes. New volunteers also organize some awareness campaigns related to the subjects in their local community according to the requirement and need of people.
Themes for the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day:
- The theme for the year 2019 was “love”
- The theme for the year 2018 was “Memorable smiles from around the world”
- The theme for the year 2017 was “Less Known Red Cross Stories”
- The theme for the year 2016 was “Everywhere for Every People”.
- The theme for the year 2015 was “Get Together for the purpose of Humanity”.
- The theme for the year 2014 was “Get Together for everyone people”.
- The theme for the year 2013 was “Be Together for the reason of Humanity”.
- The theme for the year 2012 was “Move of the Youth”.
- The theme for the year 2011 was “Search for the Volunteer which is inside you”.
- The theme for the year 2010 was “City”.
- The theme for the year 2009 was “Change in the Climate and it causes on the Human’s which serves as a Today’s Solferino”.