May 6th to 12th is Red Cross Week – an annual event dedicated to celebrating the charitable work of the Red Cross. For the last two years, the PHMG Foundation has been supporting Red Cross to help people in crisis, so to raise awareness this week, we’re taking a look at all the ways this important charity is making the world a safer place.
Refusing to ignore people in crisis:
The Red Cross movement started in 1863, and all these years later, Red Cross has grown into a global voluntary network that’s committed to helping people in all kinds of crises. Tragedies don’t discriminate against nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs or religion, and that’s why the Red Cross works hard to help millions of people cope with a wide range of issues, all over the world. When a natural disaster occurs, Red Cross aid workers and volunteers evacuate homes and rescue people just hours after the catastrophe takes place – relying on donations to deliver blankets, food and water, while educating people on how to better prepare for these tragedies in the future. And in times of war, the Red Cross plays an important part in protecting innocent people caught up in armed conflict.
But you don’t have to be a victim of war or a natural disaster to benefit from the help of the Red Cross – they do incredible work in our local communities too. Both the American and British arms of the organisation provide vital first aid advice and training – meaning a donation to the Red Cross might one day save yours or a loved one’s life.
Red Cross Week:
Every year, Red Cross Week provides the perfect opportunity to not only educate people on the huge amount of work this organisation does around the world, but also to raise vital funds to ensure that work can continue. This year’s campaign is asking people to ‘shake things up’ by donating to one of the charity’s bucket shakers out on the streets or online. Here are just some of the ways a donation could help:
Here at PHMG, both our Manchester and Chicago offices will be wearing something red to work to raise awareness of the charity, and we’ll also have our own collection buckets for staff to donate to this worthy cause.
You can take a look at all the action from the day by visiting our Twitter page – @PHMGfoundation – or following the posts at our CSR page. And if you’d like to make a donation to the Red Cross, you can do so via our Virgin Money page