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Why we celebrate “World Red Cross Day”

by NPT-Editorial

Red Cross Day is the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Henry Dunant was also the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was founded in 1919 in Paris in the aftermath of World War

The World Red Cross Day is celebrated to commemorate the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. On World Red Cross Day, people pay tribute to the humanitarian agency for their great contribution to helping people in need. The 2021 World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day theme are ‘Unstoppable’. The first Red Cross Day was celebrated on May 8, 1948. The official title of the day changed over time and became World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in 1984.

The theme of World Red Cross Day 2021 is ‘Together we are unstoppable!

On this World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, we celebrate our long journey and reaffirm our commitment to our humanitarian mission

The Seven Principles of the Red Cross Society:

Humanity: The main aim is to protect the life and health of every human being and to ensure respect for them. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, and cooperation among people.

Impartiality: It does no discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, or political opinions. Therefore, helps the people on the basis of their needs.

Neutrality: Its aim is to keep everyone neutral in providing help and does not discriminate on the basis of any political, racial, religious, ideological alterations.

Independence: The National Societies while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the movement.

Voluntary Service: It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

Unity: There will exist only one Red Cross and Red Crescent in one country. The organization is open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement shares equal status, equal liabilities, and duties in helping each other worldwide.

On the occasion of Red Crescent Day, let us take inspiration from all those who served the society in times of need and be a part of this mission. The people who volunteer to work for the benefit of the people in distress are the most inspiring people of all. Let us join hands to make everyone in this world healthier and happier.

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