Friday May 8th is World Red Cross Day.  As we were to have hosted a morning to celebrate this day, I thought I’d share some thoughts about this that I would have if we’d been gathering.
But firstly, a huge thank you and acknowledgement of all the MoW drivers, both regular and spontaneous, who have filled the rosters for the weeks of lockdown.  43 days!  And thank you to Tracey for keeping it all together.
Thank you, also, to those of you who had to stand down – you have kept yourselves safe which is your most important job.
We await guidelines for reopening the shop. This will not be for a few weeks yet. But we will get there.
I have to say I have never had so much exercise for years!  And thank goodness for the fine weather for us townies, not so good for our farming friends.  I do hope you have all ‘got through’.
World Red Cross Day provides us with an opportunity to consider the seven Fundamental Principles of Red Cross which are the cornerstone of our global organisation.
While the keywords seem pretty high powered these translate into everyday personal skills and actions that we can put into practice anywhere and everywhere.  I like the simplicity of these everyday actions we can make part of our interaction with others.  It’s a reminder to me that there is always plenty to work on for myself.
Voluntary Service        
Active listening         
Critical thinking and non-judgement         
Non-violent communication     
Collaborative negotiation and mediation     
Personal resilience     
Inner peace               
At this time, we also have a chance to think about International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as witnessing the carnage at the Battle of Solferino in Italy in 1859 is what prompted Henry Dunant to establish, in 1863, what is now known as the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Society. The first Geneva Convention followed in 1864.
In 1914 fund raising for British Red Cross began with a very active group in Wallingford, CHB, leading the way.  We became an official Branch of British Red Cross Society in 1917.
In 1932, the Minister of Defence signed a Proclamation that recognised New Zealand Red Cross Society (Inc) as the national Red Cross organisation for New Zealand under Article 25 of the Covenant of the League of Nations.
So, we have a long and very proud Red Cross history in New Zealand and a strong connection and contribution to Red Cross in Hawkes’ Bay.
I have attached a link to a poignant You Tube clip in which children discuss what they think are the rules of play.  You may be surprised to see how intuitive children are as their ideas morph into IHL or the rules of war.

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