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:

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

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Happy Birthday to Henry Dunant

By Tamara Braunstein – May 7, 2012

Monday, May 07, 2012 — Imagine a plain piece of paper laid out before you. Imagine you crumple it up into a ball. Imagine you try to smooth it back out. Can you do it?

With this simple activity, Bonnie Lu, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Educator for the Wabash Valley Red Cross chapter in Indiana, demonstrates to hundreds of students each year the way their actions impact others.

For the past six years, Bonnie has hosted a birthday party at Chauncey Rose Middle School in honor of World Red Cross Red Crescent Day and Henry Dunant, the founder of the largest global humanitarian network, born May 8, 1828.

To celebrate Dunant’s legacy and vision, sixth grade students gather in the cafeteria to sing “Happy Birthday” and share cupcakes as they learn about the importance of human dignity, the history of the Red Cross, and the impact their own choices can make in the world.

Bonnie even includes a message about the effects of bullying: Just as they aren’t able to remove the wrinkles from their crumpled sheets of paper, how they treat people can have lingering results on others.

“Dunant had a vision of an organization that would focus on humanity and human dignity. The idea for this whole movement came from one man, which shows us that one person can make a difference. This is why I teach about human dignity, because if I can help just one child, my time is well spent,” Bonnie says.

Happy 184th birthday to Henry Dunant, founder of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

Aside from the birthday party, Bonnie has reached almost 500 students this year alone with her IHL instruction. And while activities for World Red Cross Red Crescent Day vary with each year, country and chapter, May 8 is an ever-powerful reminder of our global Fundamental Principles.

This year’s theme of “Youth on the Move” presents a welcome opportunity to recognize the efforts of the millions of youth and young adult volunteers – they make up about half of our volunteer base of 13 million people – around the world. In the United States alone, about 25 percent of American Red Cross volunteers are ages 24 or younger.

The American Red Cross is dedicated to supporting leadership development and recognizing the importance of youth volunteerism. From the summer internship program, to the National Youth Council and every day service opportunities, young volunteers make up a significant part of the organization’s rich history and development.

To find out more about how you can become involved as a young volunteer for the American Red Cross, visit

Celebrate World Red Cross Day by Supporting Your Local Red Cross

Eligible individuals encouraged to donate blood!

For 130 years, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need, every day, in communities large and small across the United States.  May 8 is World Red Cross Day, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to celebrate by donating blood.

“The Red Cross relies on its volunteer blood donors to keep the nation’s blood supply stable,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.”

Each year, nearly 5 million people need blood transfusions.  Red Cross donors provide for 21,000 transfusions each day.

Blood is a perishable product.  Red Blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days.  Platelets last only 5 days.  Both must be replenished constantly.  There is no substitute. 

The Red Cross is the only blood collection agency that offers health and safety training, serves as the vital emergency communication link between military personnel and their families at home, teaches disaster preparedness, and responds to disasters of all types and sizes.  Join the Red Cross family and donate blood today.  call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:


5/10/11 Noon – 5:30 pm St Peters Lutheran School 312 W Main Weyauwega


5/9/11 6 am – 10 am St Vincent Hospital 835 Van Buren Green Bay
5/11/11 11 am – 5 pm Globe University 2620 Development Dr Green Bay
5/13/11 8:30 am – 1 pm Pilgrim Congregational Church 991 Pilgrim Way Green Bay


5/12/11 Noon – 6:15 pm St Joseph St John Church E860 Hwy 29 Luxemburg
5/14/11 8 am – Noon St. Louis School Hall St Louis Parish Center Dyckesville


5/11/11 9 am – 3 pm Door County Memorial Hospital 330 S 16th Pl Sturgeon Bay


5/9/11 11:45am – 6 pm Algoma United Methodist Church 1174 Algoma Blvd Oshkosh


5/9/11 1 pm – 6 pm Anchor Lanes 230 North Lincoln St Elkhart Lake
5/12/11 11 am – 5 pm Chapter Svc Am Red Cross Sheboygan 2032 Erie Ave Sheboygan


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

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.