Monday Movement update #19

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Rubble on a street in ChinaHere’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Typhoon Morakot: In Taiwan and China, Red Cross volunteers have been helping the emergency services with search and rescue operations, and delivering relief items. Read our disaster relief manager Pete Garratt’s blog about Typhoon Morakot.

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On your marks, get set, bandage!

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Ok, so it’s not quite the Olympics, but this September sees the return of the National First Aid Competition (NAFAC).

Teams of first aiders from around the UK will be battling it out to win the coveted Stanley Shield for 1st place. The winning team will also qualify to represent the British Red Cross at the First Aid Convention in Europe (FACE) in 2010. FACE is an annual gathering of Red Cross volunteers from throughout Europe, with the highlight being an international first aid competition. More

Nature’s power unleashed!

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Red Cross helping wounded in Qishan, Taiwan

If like me you’ve been following the television pictures of torrential rain, buildings collapsing and villages being swept away you’ll have been mesmerized by what nature can do. Typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes (in Japan) – it’s been a tough week for many in East Asia caught up in these and an especially busy week for local Red Cross volunteers and staff as they’ve worked all hours to respond. We in Britain complain if More

Nature's power unleashed!

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Red Cross helping wounded in Qishan, Taiwan

If like me you’ve been following the television pictures of torrential rain, buildings collapsing and villages being swept away you’ll have been mesmerized by what nature can do. Typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes (in Japan) – it’s been a tough week for many in East Asia caught up in these and an especially busy week for local Red Cross volunteers and staff as they’ve worked all hours to respond. We in Britain complain if More

On showbiz and fishy whiffs

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We’re not short of variety in the Red Cross.

In my four and a half years I’ve found myself on the production line of a wheelchair factory learning how to put the things together, schmoozing with Scotland’s first minister at a reception for responders to the attack on Glasgow airport and playing a terrorist setting off a dirty bomb for a police training video. I’ve been an overdosed drug user for a trauma management course, a first aid demonstrator at the UK School Games and a blogger with a pretty lousy attendance record. More

On this day in history

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According to the BBC On this Day feature, the following events happened on August 12:

  • August 12, 1964: One of the men involved in the Great Train Robbery escaped from jail
  • August 12, 1969: English police used tear gas for the first time
  • August 12, 1985: A plane crashed in Japan, killing hundreds.

While these are all sad news items to bring up, I’d like to take this opportunity to add a happy anniversary to the list. For millions of people around the world who have lived or are currently living in a conflict zone, today is a special day. Today is the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions.

As Katrina and I mentioned before (here and here), the Geneva Conventions have been helping to protect victims of war. They’ve even been ratified by all 194 countries in the world. Leading up to this anniversary, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Red Cross asked to hear your views on the challenges to the conventions in the next 60 years.

Do you want to see what people had to say?

>>Check out the responses we got on the Geneva Conventions at 60 site.