May 8th is an important date. It is Henry Dunant’s birth day, which was declared more than 70 years ago World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (WRCD).
This date thus represents an opportunity to familiarize and raise public awareness of the humanitarian principles and values of the Red Cross Movement, as well as to contribute to a message of solidarity.
Originally, the Parc des Bastions in Geneva was to host a popular festival open to all on 8 May. If this event had to be cancelled, its organizers, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Swiss Red Cross (CRS), the Geneva Red Cross (CRG) and the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (MICR), have decided to celebrate this 8 May 2020 by broadcasting short films on social networks.
A first film produced in collaboration with the cartoonist EXEM aims to recall, if necessary, the fundamental values as well as the scope of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s actions. It is also an opportunity to make an appointment with the population on 8 May 2021 to celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day warmly and more concretely at the Parc des Bastions in Geneva.
The second film, produced in collaboration with the French, German, Spanish, Italian, Austrian, Belgian, Belgian and Swiss Red Cross, pays tribute to their volunteers who are on the front line fighting COVID-19 in the cities of Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Vienna, Brussels and Geneva.