World Red Cross Day is a celebration that holds every 8th of May. 8th May is also the birthday of the founder of Red Cross called Henry Dunant who was also the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. During its foundation, we had the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement. A lot of people were engaged in these two, and they made a lot of contributions to grow this organization to what it is now.
This particular day aims to commemorate all the principles that the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent movement upheld as well as to pay tribute to those participants for their contributions. The first celebrations were held in 1948. This was after the celebrations were approved to be an annual celebration following the requests made by the International Federation of the Red Cross Societies (IFRC). The League of the Red Cross Societies approved it. Later on, the name was changed from Red Cross Day to World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
Why the celebrations are important?
Celebrating this day is essential because of the many benefits that it brings with it. Since it is a day that targets to improve humanity, it impacts people significantly, and the impact is felt globally. Events that focus on offering relief to people in the society that need it are organized. People face calamities and disasters all over the world, and this organization helps them to recover and cope with the aid they offer. They also target the poor people in the society and help them with basic needs.
This celebration is also helpful because they remind people of their value and their relevance. They help to preserve human dignity regardless of a person’s situation. Medical services, as well as health and social programs, are organized as well, and they help improve the society’s health. Other than offering assistance and services to the public for free, this particular day is also a day to motivate individuals, governments, and other organizations to be more aware and be active participants in times of need.
These are a few of the benefits that this day brings.