World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
Photo: Jenna Clarke, Canadian Red Cross
Canadian Red Cross volunteers have always been able to provide dignity to the clients they serve; whether it is through the immediate care and support they offer to house-fire victims, or by ensuring that our medical equipment loan programs run efficiently and patients receive the important equipment they need. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization; their efforts are instrumental in creating caring communities.
This year, the Canadian Red Cross is marking the day by signing a historic memorandum of understanding with the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to enhance the protection and assistance that we can offer Canadians in the times of crisis and emergencies. Our disaster services volunteers are well positioned to offer assistance to the Government of Canada to ensure early preparedness and proper response measures which can reduce suffering during a crisis or emergency.
National Societies around the world will be promoting, through various programs, the work that highlights the efforts and resilience of their volunteers and beneficiaries that work in local communities. The volunteers are the messengers and implementers of the seven fundamental principles to millions of vulnerable people world wide.
For more information, please visit: www.ifrc.org.