May 8 is celebrated as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day around the world. In Nepal, we celebrate this day with parade, first aid trainings, blood donation and different humanitarian programs.
In Norway, we had a different type of celebration on May 8. We celebrated 154th birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Every birthday party needs a cake. Thanks to Tommy; a volunteer in Henrys Hus we made our own Red Cross cake.
All the volunteers from 13-30 years from Porsgrunn Red Cross were invited for the celebration in Henrys Hus. We were excited and happy to see Henrys Hus full house.During the celebration, Marlena Sljivo; employee at Telemark Red Cross talked about the Red Cross, its principles and works done by Red Cross Youth. Marlena who has been a youth volulnteer herself shared her experiences and works she did in Red Cross Youth. This was a motivational sessions as youth volunteers saw what opportunities avolunteer has and what a volunteer is capable of doing in Red Cross.
The party continued with "7 Principles Act" activity where all the volunteers were divided into groups and given one principle of Red Cross and asked to act. All the groups had different ideas,, one group even made a song about Henrys Hus. The celebration ended onhigh note with a movie about trip of youths from Telemark to Gambia.
Youths discussing about 7 Principles of Red Cross
Meanwhile in Nepal
Ola and Kathrine, the youth delegates from Norway to Nepal celebrated Red Cross day with the youth volunteers in Damauli. The youth volunteers visited old age home provided food and necessary supplies to old people and celebrated the day with them. The youth volunteers also gave first aid training to the local people in the community as a part of celebration of Red Cross Day.
We all around the world celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in our own way. What ever may be the techniques of celebration, we stand for the 7 principles of Red Cross.
While you may know the Red Cross and Red Crescent for blood donations, disaster response or first aid training, did you know Red Cross is also involved in milking snakes, making people laugh, and starting football teams. Red Cross is global. We are everywhere for everyone. Happy World Red Cros and Red Crescent Day.