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Bringing smiles with health care, stories from Canadian Red Cross mobile clinic in Bangladesh

The giggles of excited children could be heard over everything else. A couple of the observant kids outside one of the Canadian Red Cross mobile clinics in Kutupalong camp, spotted team leader Patrice Gordon sorting through a bag with toys. It didn’t take long after she stepped out into the bright sun, for a small swarm of these little, dusty bodies to flock around her.

Distributing aid in Bangladesh with a song sung for those fleeing violence in Myanmar

​Haibur Rahman sits on a chair in front of hundreds of people in Burma Para camp in Bangladesh. He pauses for a moment. Someone hands him a megaphone. He takes a deep and begins to sing. He doesn’t have formal training, but the audience is moved. Some hold their heads in their hands, others wipe away tears. Haibur is singing a song of his people and their experiences leaving their home while fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Giving the gift of time as a volunteer

Most people look forward to retirement as a time to slow down and relax, but that was not the plan for Hamilton resident Jim DePass. In 2006, after finishing a rewarding 40-year career with a steel manufacturer, Jim decided that his first priority as a retiree was to volunteer, and his sights were set on the Canadian Red Cross. 

From CFL player to bullying prevention advocate: Meet Luc Mullinder

Saskatchewan Roughrider players have been spending their off-seasons teaching kids how to prevent bullying since 2009. The partnership between the Roughriders and the Canadian Red Cross started with Luc Mullinder and Weston Dressler, and has since grown to involve other former and current players.

What to do if you witness bullying

We started this series to provide more information on what to do in common emergencies – such as what to do if someone is experiencing a panic attack, or if someone were having a stroke. In this post, we take a look at what to do if you witness bullying.

What it’s like to help others through disaster: a volunteer’s story

Volunteers work tirelessly with the Canadian Red Cross to assist the most vulnerable in their communities. As one of those volunteers, I can tell you it is a rewarding experience, but also one that presents unique challenges.

"Don't break a leg!" What to do in the event of sprains, strains and fractures

With the Olympics in full swing, your favourite daredevil may feel inspired to try out some winter activities. So here is a little first aid reminder to be better prepared if that daredevil becomes the victim of a mishap. 

Partners for a better world

February 4 to 10, 2018 is International Development Week (IDW), an initiative led by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada that celebrates Canadian contributions to international development and engages and inspires Canadians, particularly youth, to learn more about global issues. The theme of the 28th annual International Development Week: ‘Partners for a Better World’ highlights Canadians’ collective efforts to achieve sustainable development at home and around the world.

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