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

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World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day

● World Red Cross Day is observed every year on 8th May. World Red Cross Day is also known as Red Crescent Day.
● The World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day celebrates the principles of the International Red Cross.
● The main aim of the day is to pay tribute to the humanitarians as they protect their lives. There are 97 million members that are honored to perform their tasks for the organization.
● The original motto of the International Committee of the Red Cross was Inter Arma Caritas “In War, Charity“.
● The day is celebrated as it denotes the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.
● The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement were born on a battlefield in 1859, in Solferino, Italy. Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman, witnessed the aftermath of a grim battle that left 40,000 dead and wounded with few military or local medical services to help them.
● World Red Cross is a voluntary humanitarian organization having a network of over 1100 branches throughout the country, providing relief in times of disasters/emergencies.
● In 1934, the principles of the Red Cross Truce were presented and approved at the 15th International Conference. World Red Cross Day was first celebrated on May 8, 1948. In 1984 it was named as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
● The main focus of the Red Cross Society is to collect blood. The Red Cross Organization also helps to provide first aid, emergency response, health, and social care, refugee services, and help people in finding missing families.
● World Red Cross Day is celebrated through blood donation. People are encouraged to donate blood to save the lives of people in need of blood. World Red Cross Day is also celebrated through fundraising and donations.

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