World Red Cross Red Crescent Day – 8 May

A photo of the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

World Red Cross Day celebrates the work of those who volunteer with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

IFRC is the world's largest humanitarian organisation, providing worldwide relief during times of disease, famine, disaster or war. It has around 97 million members and volunteers in some 170 countries and helps more than 230 million people every year.

World Red Cross Day is held on 8 May, the birthday of Jean Henri Dunant, founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.


International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Find out more about the work of IFRC, including links to youth-related materials and resources.

British Red Cross - The red cross emblem

This assembly, written for 9-14 year olds, will help students gain an understanding of the meaning of the red cross, particularly in conflict situations.

Resource calendar

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