World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is May 8, a time to recognize the work of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff around the world who are responding to the growing needs of communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The incredible spirit of volunteers all over the world during this crisis is not only a cause for admiration but also a source of inspiration for others to get involved too.
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an opportunity to show gratitude to the more than 13 million volunteers for their dedication to the humanitarian cause and Fundamental Principles and to thank them for their kindness, bravery and selflessness.
Although physically distant from one another, workers and volunteers are truly united in this crisis. During these challenging times, the global network of the Red Cross and Red Crescent demonstrates that it is united in its dedication to help people in distress. This year has been an unprecedented time and one that is pushing humanitarians to adapt to new ways of volunteering and working together for communities-in-need. And in these times of physical distancing, teams have learned to comfort and show solidarity from afar.
Today’s world is in a state of constant upheaval and permanent crisis, but whatever the problem – a pandemic, natural hazard, the climate crisis, conflict or migration – Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are visible ambassadors for peace and solidarity. They are active players in shaping the future of communities and countries around the world. In these trying times, their commitment and dedication to alleviating human suffering remains strong and powerful.