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Teen lifesaver supports campaign for young volunteers

Dionne with HRH Prince Charles, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and young volunteers.

Dionne (holding the ‘up’ sign) at the campaign launch with Nick Clegg, David Cameron, HRH Prince Charles, Ed Miliband and young volunteers.

Dionne Burns saved a man’s life as a Red Cross first aid volunteer when she was 17 years old. Here she explains why volunteering still gives her such a buzz – and why she is encouraging other young people to take part in a brand new campaign.

Being a Red Cross first aider is always interesting – you never know what you are going to be dealing with. When I joined as a young 16-year-old girl, I never expected that in a few years’ time I’d be chatting with Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace!

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Every crisis is personal

At the British Red Cross we believe that every crisis is personal.

A crisis can be a catastrophic event like the recent typhoon in the Philippines, which destroyed livelihoods and buildings.

Or it can be much smaller – like a woman stranded at home because she doesn’t have the confidence to get out and about after an illness.

A crisis can happen to anyone at any time. It doesn’t matter to us how big a crisis is or how many people it affects. What matters is that someone needs our help. More

Central African Republic humanitarian crisis: fear and insecurity – video

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Fleeing the violence in Bangui, more than 9,000 people have sought refuge in Boy-Rabe monastery – ©ICRC/Rabih Mazboudi

Months of unrest in Central African Republic (CAR) have left civilians living in fear.

During a recent visit to London, Patrick L’Hote, head of operations for central and southern Africa with the International Committee of the Red Cross, spoke about the desperate plight of civilians in CAR. More

Generous shoppers help donate 4.3 million meals for people in need this Christmas

Neighbourhood food collectionThank you to everyone who helped to donate a record 4.3 million meals for people in need this Christmas.

Tesco shoppers donated food to the Neighbourhood Food Collection, which took place across the UK earlier this month and was helped by Red Cross volunteers.

The 4.3 million meals include a top-up of 30 per cent by Tesco – equating to 32,000 trolley-loads of food. More

Takeover Day – What happens when young volunteers take charge of the Red Cross for 24 hours?

 

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Rémi-Adelé Kaz, in the green top, was director of communications for a day – ©Matthew Percival/British Red Cross

This is a guest blog by Rémi-Adelé Kaz, who took part in Takeover Day – a national initiative that saw 12 young volunteers take charge of the British Red Cross for a day last week. The 16-year-old student volunteers in a Red Cross shop in Bournemouth once a week.

Although I was aware of the fantastic work that the British Red Cross does for people across the UK and the world, I never realised just how much the Red Cross would do for me as a young volunteer. More

Photos: Red Crescent vaccinates children against polio

As part of a national campaign, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent is vaccinating children in areas of Syria that the government cannot access. Red Crescent volunteers have been immunising children up to five years old against polio, mumps, measles and rubella.

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Paul Conroy Syrian refugee photo exhibition – image gallery

Copy of PC_532Acclaimed Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy today unveils a series of intimate portraits of Syrian refugees living in the UK.

The free exhibition tells the story of how the refugees came to UK and how the Red Cross has supported them along the way.

It has been a highly-emotional project for the 49-year-old photographer, who has a unique bond with the Syrian people. More

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