Red Cross Week

Henry Dunant was a Swiss businessman. In 1859 he witnessed the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in Italy; appalled by the suffering of the thousands of men left to die, he organised local relief and went on to campaign for what became the International Red Cross Committee. In 1901 he was the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, of which the British Red Cross is part, was founded in 1919.

The red cross emblem is worn to give protection for medics in wartime. A symbol of neutrality, it means that they must be allowed to care for the wounded without interference.

Next week is Red Cross Week, and events will take place across the UK to raise money for the organisation. The Red Cross is not only dedicated to protecting people during wartime, but also helps to provide First Aid training, emergency response to disaster zones, and refugee support.

In December last year it helped to evacuate thousands of civilians from the besieged city of Aleppo in Syria — including seven-year-old Bana Alabed, whose tweets to her 300,000 followers helped raise awareness of the desperate situation.

Read her story below.

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The Red Cross has a useful assembly package on the theme of “the power of humanity”, including a video and a presentation.


  1. Imagine you are the founder of a new charity in 2017. Choose a cause you care about and write down five ways in which your charity would try to help.
  2. Create a timeline of important events over the last 100 years where members of the Red Cross attempted to help.
  3. As a class, organise an event to help raise money for Red Cross Week next week.