World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2017

Millions of Red Cross and Red Crescent staff around the world reach more than 160 million people every year providing a diverse and innovative range of services.

And while you may know the Red Cross and Red Crescent for blood donations, disaster response or first aid training, did you know we’re also involved in milking snakes, making people laugh, and starting football teams. We even have four legged volunteers spreading joy in the UK!

Joint statement – President Tadateru Konoé and President Peter Maurer

Today, on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 8 May, we recognize the incredible contribution and achievements of the millions of volunteers and staff around the world who keep our commitment to humanity every day.

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Did you know…?

Improving living conditions while clowning around

An innovative programme ensures children and adults learn the importance of good hygiene amid fun and laughter.

Raising snakes and saving lives in Thailand

Since 1923, Thai Red Cross Society has raised snakes to produce much-needed anti-venoms and conducted valuable vaccine research.

A Red Cross story: From prison to probation

In Ireland, the Red Cross is bringing first aid training into prisons and giving inmates an opportunity to learn new skills to take out into the world.

Sewing seeds of resilience in 

The Netherlands Red Cross works with volunteers to help community members develop new skills and become more self-sufficient.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day stories