Pakistan Crisis Appeal

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This morning I have been preparing our donation webpage for the Pakistan Crisis Appeal.

It is essential that the Red Cross can respond rapidly when there is an emergency. As I work in the digital fundraising team I am very lucky to have the tools to get in touch with supporters about our appeals very quickly using the internet, emails, social networking sites and blogs, like this one! After all, we couldn’t make a difference without the help of people like you. So please check out the page I’ve put together and donate if you can, or forward the appeal link www.redcross.org.uk/pakistanappeal to your friends and family. More

Lunch and learn about Refugee Week

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If you have read some of my earlier blogs you will know that James and Lilly have been doing an internship with the Red Cross, co-ordinating our refugee week activities in Bristol and Swindon.

They decided that a great way of raising awareness amongst Red Cross staff and helping them celebrate refugee week was through lunch and learn sessions. Staff were invited to bring their packed lunch (with a promise of cake) and to spend their lunch break finding out more ……..

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A fun start to Refugee Week in Bristol

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Refugee week got off to a fantastic start in Bristol yesterday with a brilliant Celebrating Sanctuary fun day. The sun was shining and a large number of people gathered in Queen Square to enjoy themselves, meet people, listen to music and show their support to the refugee community in Bristol. Traditional drummers and dancers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana got everyone moving….

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Monday Movement update #12

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Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Men unload food bags from a truck in PakistanPakistan conflict: “Every time we entered a village, hundreds of people asked for help.” The ICRC, the only international humanitarian organization active in Swat and Lower Dir in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, has started to help those affected by conflict.

Protecting albinos in Burundi and Tanzania: Dozens of people with albinism have been murdered and their body parts sold in Burundi and Tanzania in the past few months. The Red Cross is providing humanitarian aid and support to their families and is defending their right to live in dignity.

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Show your support during Refugee Week

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It’s Refugee Week, and I’d recommend you take a look at the very moving videos on our special Look beyond the label website, where three refugees describe their traumatic past lives – and their hopes for the future.

I often feel I had quite a traumatic childhood. For example, Richard Jones from class 4B can deny it till he’s blue in his fat face, but he really did hold my head under water for 20 seconds at Wigan baths. I’ve never been quite the same since. And my Dad’s refusal to get me an even half-decent BMX when I was 13 still has me waking up in a sweat some nights.

Having said that, there’s nothing like speaking to refugees to put my own momentous ‘issues’ into perspective.

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