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5 reasons why everyone should wear a lifejacket

Know your breaststroke from your front crawl? Think you’d be fine if you found yourself unexpectedly swimming in open water? Every year, even great swimmers drown so here’s a few reasons why everyone, even strong swimmers, need to wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD).

When Rains Turn to Dust: ICRC climate change report

With twelve of the twenty countries most vulnerable to climate change in conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross is calling for humanitarian and government support to make sure climate action and support are reaching the most vulnerable. 

Community grant aids support to Arabic immigrants and refugees during COVID-19

Using funds provided by the Canadian Red Cross to help non-profits provide frontline services during COVID-19, ICS has organized food box distributions in cities across Ontario. The organization will reach 2,000 people, including the Kharfan family who received a food box during the first distribution in London. Hear their story:

Adapting the Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety program for COVID-19

When Lesley-Anne Morley took on leadership of the Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety program for the Canadian Red Cross in 2014, she never imagined that, years later, she would be adapting the program for a global pandemic.

Remembering the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

75 years ago, atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The scale of the destruction which resulted from their use was unprecedented; the immediate blast killed over 150,000 people. (Some estimates put the death toll closer to 200,000). The suffering caused by the destruction and nuclear fallout continues to this day.
 

Using video to address domestic violence in Newfoundland - Labrador

Content note: This story contains discussions on domestic violence that may be upsetting to some.
Elizabeth (not her real name) is a survivor. Of emotional, mental, and physical abuse. By her former boyfriend. It’s people in situations like Elizabeth’s that “Violence Prevention Avalon East” in Newfoundland and Labrador is trying to reach. An alliance of community and government agencies, it is dedicated to ending violence in homes and communities.

Adapt Your Emergency Kit to the ‘New Normal’

Over the years, preparing for cuts, fractures and other emergencies hasn’t seen much change. However, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has us looking at response in a new light. By adding a few extra supplies to your emergency kit, you can safely respond during an emergency.
 

Wilson Restrepo, medical specialist and leader of a Red Cross team deployed in a long-term care facility

The Canadian Red Cross has been mandated by the government to provide vital support to long-term care facilities (CHSLDs). The organization has been hard at work to recruit a humanitarian force, which now counts Wilson Restrepo among its ranks. Here’s his story.
 

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