World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is a yearly commemoration of the main principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a global humanitarian network of millions of members, staff and volunteers. Their aim is to be on the frontline where there is disaster, conflict, health or social problems and to help those in need. The organisation consists of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide.
It is not easy for the volunteers who do this job daily – so this day is meant to commemorate the work that they do and highlight the many areas they work in, providing assistance with disaster relief, preparation for disaster and education for the public. This date is significant as it marks the birth of Henry Dunant who was born in 1828. Henry Dunant was the founder of the committee of the Red Cross and received the first Nobel Peace Prize.
Whether schools are open or closed, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is the perfect opportunity for parents and teachers to talk to their children about the importance of the Red Cross and Red Crescent all over the world.