Wednesday, November 26, 2008

SIRC joins "Our world. Your move" campaign

By Niniu Oligao (SI Red Cross Dissemination & Information officer)

The Solomon Islands Red Cross takes part in a Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's global campaign to prepare a way for a Launch of the 150 years of its existence, as the world's largest humanitarian volunteers network.

The launch of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's 150 years will be done on May5, 2009- The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

SI Red Cross starts the campaign with an official slogan: "Our world. Your move". On December 5, 2008, the local Red Cross will celebrate the Internatioanl Volunteers Day to pay tribute to the dedication and selfless deeds of its volunteers and other volunteers around the world. Volunteers lay the foundation of the Red Cross through applying First Aid, disseminating humanitarian values, bandaging the wounded, and promoting healthy living in our communities.

On the same glimse, a joint official letter from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Socieites (IFRCS) this campaign is a call to action. The world today faces unprecedented challenges and we must all work together to address these challenges and promote a culture of engagement.

It says this concept is represented by a globe in disarray. Our message is that by becoming interested and aware, and by "making a move" to help others, everyone has the power to restore hope and order to a messy world. The slogan conveys a sense of responsibility (Our world.) and the power of both individual and collective action to make a difference (Your move.).

This campaign will be supported by a unique web portal that will serve as a gateway for members of the public to explore the world of the Red Cross and Red Crescent--the challenges we face, the work we do and the people we help. To access this, it will be available on March 2009 on web: www.ourworld-yourmove.org.

For more information on this, contact the SIRC Dissemination Program, email: dissem_sirc@solomon.com.sb. Telephone (677) 22682, SIRC HeadQuarters, New Chinatown, Honiara.