Commonwealth games are go!

The ‘friendly’ Games are underway, and we’ve got hundreds of volunteers on hand to make sure everyone has a safe stay in Glasgow. Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’re up to.

1. First aiders, first aiders, everywhere…
Commonwealth Games two first aidersYou can barely turn a corner in Glasgow this week without bumping into a British Red Cross first aider. We’ve already been treating quite a few cuts and scrapes, and our teams are providing cover for 16 hours a day at the big BBC riverside festival in the city. More

Young dancers raise the roof at final of Dance: Make Your Move

     

Over 4,000 young people danced their socks off at the recent final of our annual competition, Dance: Make Your Move. Each school performed a routine inspired by the British Red Cross – raising thousands of pounds for charity.

The young stars, aged four to 18, wowed a panel of judges that included members from top dance group, Diversity.

In the months leading up to the final on 13 July, dancers across the UK showed off their moves in dozens of local and regional heats.

But on the day, it was down to 14 teams to battle it out at London’s O2 for a chance to win the junior and senior categories. More

‘’I was ready to die – but Rebecca brought the whole world back to me’

Kathy Malcolm and Rebecca OwenBLOGFor Kathy, it seemed like things would never get better again.

She had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Her kidney failure, due to diabetes, meant dialysis treatment three times a week. She was slowly going blind. And to cap it all, she could no longer maintain her lovely big home.

The 64-year-old, from Llandudno, recalled: “I was at my lowest point – I was basically ready to die.” More

Fighting cholera amid hunger and conflict in South Sudan

A South Sudan Red Cross volunteer speaking about cholera prevention

A South Sudan volunteer speaking about cholera prevention – ©BritishRedCross/HenryMakiwa

Alfred Lati Joseph pinches his cigarette butt between his thumb and index finger, his face animated as he speaks. 

“I am young, strong and fit, but what about the babies, the young and the old?” he asks.

“Cholera will kill them first because they are weaker. It can take you in a matter of hours, and that’s the truth.”

Please donate to the South Sudan Crisis Appeal

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Don’t be caught red-faced this heatwave

It doesn’t often get hot in Britain – which is why so many of us go a bit solar-crazy. But before lathering yourself in baby oil and lying out on a piece of tin-foil, heed these warnings.

1. Sunburn
At the first sign of good weather, it’s a popular male instinct in the UK to immediately expose one’s milky-white torso to the blazing sun. Many women, meanwhile, will spend days wearing differently-strapped tops until their exposed backs look like weird, sunburny crop circles. All too often, sun lotion doesn’t feature. More

Mongolian schools get ready for earthquakes with Red Cross help

Mongolia schools earthquake preparationMongolians live in a harsh environment full of risks and hazards – including the threat of earthquakes. But in just two years, a Red Cross programme has helped 99 schools in the country’s capital prepare for such disasters.

Mongolia has experienced 2,500 earthquakes since 1970. And in the capital and largest city, Ulaanbaatar, 56 per cent of buildings would be at high risk of serious damage or collapse if a major earthquake took place.

That’s why staff and volunteers from the Mongolian Red Cross Society are teaching schoolchildren skills such as first aid and how to take shelter when an earthquake happens. They also help students learn a safe escape route out of their school. And twice a year students test what they’ve learned with simulation exercises.

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What is it like to have Ebola and survive?

©IFRC/IdrissaSoumare

©IFRC/IdrissaSoumare

“Now they call me anti-Ebola,” said Saa Sabas. He is a lucky man, and he knows it. The father-of-two, from Guinea, is one of a handful of people to survive Ebola. 

It is an especially virulent disease. The current outbreak continues to spread in West Africa and has so-far claimed more than 500 lives, according to the World Health Organisation. 

The outbreak began in Guinea, in March, and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. A lack of knowledge and understanding about the disease meant that it spread quickly, particularly among health workers and those caring for the sick. This is exactly how Saa became infected.  

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