Postcard from Solferino:1

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This week I’m in Italy with thousands of Red Cross volunteers to celebrate the Movement’s 150th anniversary in Solferino. Each day this week, a young British Red Cross delegate will be taking time to blog about their experiences here. First up – Mike Baxter.

Mike’s busy, busy day
Yesterday we set off for Solferino! I met my fellow delegates Caroline Sanderson, Donnie Lawson and Clare Everett early at Stanstead Airport. After the flight, we were collected by the Italian Red Cross in one of their minibuses. (This was better than the proposed three-hour long public transport marathon!)

As we arrived, there was a sea of Red Crosses and Crescents and the occasional Crystal too We booked in, signed up for our workshops and went to find our tent. Claire and Caroline somehow managed to go to the wrong sub-camp and we later established they had pitched camp in the Bangladeshi Red Crescent tent.

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Meet Daahir in refugee week

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This week we have been encouraging everyone to look beyond the label to the person and who they actually are. There are many, many people who come to the UK with with a vast array of skills and talents and they make enormous contributions to society.

Meet Daahir for instance, who has been volunteering with the Red Cross in Bristol since February this year…..

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Refugee week – celebrating the contribution of volunteers

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Today we were in Bristol at a drop-in for refugees and asylum seekers run by our partners Bristol Refugee Rights. They were inviting people to have ‘a cup of tea with a refugee’ one of the Refugee Week ‘simple acts’ campaign. As Thursday is our usual day for working at the drop-in, Red Cross staff and volunteers were part of the special day to help celebrate refugee week in Bristol.

As well as talking to visitors about the work that we do at the drop-in with refugees and asylum seekers we were able to provide support to people that needed our help today ……

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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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