Red Cross commemorates its World Day under the slogan ‘We do it with heart’

Today is May 8, the calendar date on which the World Day of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. The day celebrates the humanitarian spirit of the association and recognizes people who make a difference in their communities. This year, the motto is ‘We do it from the heart’, and it focuses on the people of the communities “we have by our side”.

In other words, in the volunteer profile, the first to step forward and support the needy people around him. It can be someone from our work; a neighborhood vendor or a Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteer; someone from the gym, store or market we go to; or someone who lives nearby and has always been by our side.

One out of every 200 people around us is a Red Cross volunteer. This means that the organization is very present all over the planet: “We are about 20 million volunteers in the world and, in Catalonia, we have about 20,000″. People help, participate and do it with their heart”, comments the honorary president of the Red Cross of Baix Llobregat Nord, Santiago Sánchez.

Santiago Sánchez, president honor Creu Roja Baix Nord

The volunteers of the Red Cross work selflessly to make small gestures that help us to be better people and to think of others, to give a voice to those who do not have one, and to create opportunities that are hope and a future in equality. And all this without conditions, without distinctions, selflessly and full of humanity “which is part of the DNA of the organization and its volunteers”, points out Sánchez.

Santiago Sánchez, president honor Creu Roja Baix Nord

Sánchez recalls that, at the global level, the Red Cross deploys prominent solidarity projects around the wars that exist in the world, assistance to the wounded and refugees, the supply of the population around humanitarian needs (food, light ) at every moment.

It also serves the population in situations of natural disasters and catastrophes “to provide basic needs and find decent accommodation for people who have lost their homes”. And they also pay a lot of attention to “children and the elderly”.

Santiago Sánchez, president honor Creu Roja Baix Nord

World Day is celebrated on May 8 because it is the date on which Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman who founded the charity in 1859, was born in 1828. “Dunant was a merchant who coincided with a period of war in Austria, and mobilized the population to help the victims of the war and try to alleviate the suffering of those people”.

Santiago Sánchez, president honor Creu Roja Baix Nord

Consequently, today many official buildings are lit up red in honor of volunteering. In Martorell, it is the case of the Anoia bridge.

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