World Red Cross Day

American Red Cross Offering International Humanitarian Law Course

The American Red Cross joins with the 187 other Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies around the globe annually on May 8 to celebrate World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day. This date marks the birth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent network’s founder Henry Dunant.

Motivated by his experiences during the Battle of Solferino in 1859, Dunant advocated for the humane treatment of the sick and wounded during wartime. He recorded his memories and experiences in the book A Memory of Solferino which inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863.

Today, more than 150 years after the conflict, the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network is comprised of more than 13 million volunteers and assists more than 300 million people worldwide each year.

To commemorate 150 years of humanitarian action, the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin will celebrate the day by hosting the International Humanitarian Law training.

International humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances. The American Red Cross will be offering a four-hour course on the role of the Red Cross in times of armed conflict. The course is free to the public and addresses the humanitarian aspect of the American Red Cross. 

Instructor, Kerri Hah, brings over 11 years of experience educating the public and has trained hundreds of school children on the subject matter of Humanitarian Law.

The Red Cross actively promotes tolerance and humanitarian values.  In times of national crisis or war, all segments of the public must feel confident that they can turn to the Red Cross for help, or to volunteer their time, talents and resources.

Click on the link to learn more: http://www.icrc.org/eng/war-and-law/index.jsp

International Humanitarian Law:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Classroom 1 (lower level)

American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave, Green Bay

To register for the class contact Nick Cluppert, Training Specialist, at 920-231-3692 x 19 or nick.cluppert@redcross.org

May 8th: World Red Cross Day and World Red Crescent Day

World Red Cross Day remembers and recognizes the efforts of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide.

This day recognizes the worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, famine, disaster, or war. On May 8, the American Red Cross puts special focus on our programs that keep children healthy and safe around the globe.”

The Red Cross provides humanitarian efforts and disaster relief around the world, wherever it is needed. There are millions of Red Cross volunteers.

You can celebrate World Red Cross Day and World Red Crescent Day in a variety of ways:

  • Learn more about the Red Cross
  • Support Red Cross programs and efforts
  • Send a donation to the Red Cross
  • Donate blood today
  • Become a Red Cross volunteer
  • Thank Red Cross volunteers for their service.

To learn how to get involved, contact your local chapter at www.redcross.org

Origin of World Red Cross Day:

Henry Dunant

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day dates back to1922. At that time, the Czechoslovakia Red Cross National Society proclaimed a three-day truce at Easter to promote peace. The goal is to recognize one day every year to advocate for the relief of human suffering from disease, and the humanity of seeing a world free from suffering due to war.May 8th was chosen, as it is the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross.