Spread the L♥ve

irish red cross charity challenge ball Dublin
irish red cross charity challenge ball Dublin

We’re all about spreading the l♥ve here in the Irish Red Cross. Especially when it puts a smile on someone else’s face. Nothing makes us smile more than the creative people around the country who come up with (sometimes wacky) ideas to help people in crisis.

Here’s three of our favourite supporter events that you might like to join in with…

Steps Toward Community Health

Irish Red Cross healthy steps
Irish Red Cross healthy steps

After beating cancer, Thomas and his wife Mary were determined to continue leading a very active social life, they found that there was a lack of health based programmes for their age group in their local area. Then they found something in their local paper…

The No-Borders Blanket

largest knitted blanket record breaking attempt ireland Clare Valery Larkin Red Cross
largest knitted blanket record breaking attempt ireland Clare Valery Larkin Red Cross

Knitters from around the world are helping Valery in county Clare to break a record and help the Irish Red Cross.

Rohingya Family Reunited In Ireland

Rohingya Family Reunited In Ireland by Irish Red Cross
Rohingya Family Reunited In Ireland by Irish Red Cross

Brother and sister Sayed and Taioba sit side by side on a bench one floor up from the arrivals hall at Dublin airport. They came early this morning, with Sayed’s young daughter, to meet Taioba’s husband Safi who she hasn’t seen in three years. None of them have slept from the excitement of finally having Safi with them. After eight years of waiting, they have only two more – slow – hours to wait as his flight has been delayed. They wait patiently, and share their story with the Red Cross to help pass the time…

Riziki Never Stopped Looking For His Mum

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happ+news+good+new+year+2017

Riziki was to experience more devastation, witnessing the killing of his father. Riziki was only nine years old at the time. Alone and scared, the young boy ran. He kept running for seven years, first to Uganda and then Kenya. Crossing borders alone before he had turned even ten years old. Riziki lived on the streets, sleeping in bus stops and mosques. Relying on the good nature of local people for food.

Life as Paediatrician to Refugees

Ritsona, Greece - A member of the Red Cross in Ritsona refugee camp on the 17th of October 2016. Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kurds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC
Ritsona, Greece - A member of the Red Cross in Ritsona refugee camp on the 17th of October 2016. Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kurds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

We recently met Belen, a Paediatrician working in Red Cross healthcare unit in Ritsona camp, close to Athens. Belen recently graduated and has always wanted to help in an international humanitarian role.     Can you tell us a little about how long have you been here and what you do?   I’m the Paediatrician. […]

How would you pass the time in a Refugee Camp?

Ritsona, Greece - Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kourds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC
Ritsona, Greece - Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kourds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

Uncertain of what lies ahead, teenagers and young people in refugee camps around the world are looking for positive and constructive ways to use their time. Over the last number of months, our team have met refugees and migrants who are volunteering, setting up sport teams and learning new skills.

Creating Lasting Friendships in Ireland, Christmas 2016

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#selfieless+ireland+canon+irishredcross

annual celebrations bring together the community, helping to stave off loneliness and create lasting friendships among people who wouldn’t always have the opportunity to socialise due to health issues, transport difficulties or often because of a sheer lack of confidence.

A #Selfieless Christmas with Canon

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#selfieless

We’ve joined Canon on their mission to make this Christmas #selfieless. Embrace the season and do a good deed for someone else, then: ♥ Photograph it ♥ Hashtag it #selfieless ♥ Nominate 3 friends to do the same       A video posted by Canon (@canonuk) Canon have donated €1million to the Red Cross […]

An Irish Red Cross Report From the Camps in Greece_Christmas 2016

Joana Ramalho from our Irish Red Cross team recently traveled to Greece to report on the conditions in camps and the challenges facing the refugees and migrants who have been living in them for nearly a a year now. In this video she made in Kordelio camp near Thessaloniki, Joana shows us how people are living.