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Passionate about making the world a better place: Remembering Mohammad Asadi Lari

On January 8, a plane carrying 176 people, including 57 Canadians, crashed outside of Tehran, Iran. The loss of life is enormous, and the impact has been felt deeply by communities across the country. Among the deceased was Canadian Red Cross volunteer Mohammad Asadi Lari. Mohammad was passionate about making the world a better place, which was evident in all the incredible contributions he made to the Canadian Red Cross. 
 

Q&A with Red Cross volunteer Ibtesam Eisa from Fredericton, New Brunswick

Red Cross volunteer Ibtesam Eisa tells us about why she volunteers and what working with the Red Cross means to her. 

A decade of Red Cross on the ground

As we get ready in ring in 2020, we're reflecting on some events from the past decade that brought together international aid workers, inspired innovative solutions to complex challenges, and showed the amazing capacity for resilience humans have in the face of disasters.

No matter the day or the hour, Red Cross is ready to help

Disasters and emergencies can happen any day, which is why Red Cross volunteers are ready to meet urgent needs, even on Christmas Eve. 

In her own words: First time in the field with the Canadian Red Cross

 “Can you deploy for the Manitoba snowstorms?” The text arrived on Saturday while I was in a crisis management class.  By Monday, I was in the air, flying to Manitoba on my first response with the Canadian Red Cross!

100 years of giving

“As the men were coming out of the trenches, the Red Cross met them with a cup of tea,” Skawski said. “It probably wasn’t very hot considering what was going on at the time, but they always met them with a cup of tea.”
 

Canadian Red Cross volunteers promote Prince George’s ‘spirit of volunteerism’

“I help when I can, where I can” Andreschefski explained. “Outside of working hours it takes little time to go meet up with someone affected by a personal disaster like a house fire and make sure they have a roof over their head for the next couple of days and that they’ve got enough groceries. That takes maybe an hour or two out of my day.”
 

Providing HELP in Yukon: how volunteers are making a big impact

When Lynn Alcock received a call from the Red Cross to assist temporarily in the Health Equipment Loan Program, she immediately said yes. Nine years later, the former mental health counsellor still enjoys giving her time to help Yukoners. When asked what keeps her coming back, volunteer Cornelia Tegart says it is all about helping people.

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