160 years after its creation, the association “faces a rise in vulnerabilities” but also in commitment, according to its president

The association has gained 15,000 volunteers in two years.


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The president of the Red Cross, Philippe Da Costa, May 14, 2022. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

The French Red Cross “faces a rise in vulnerabilities”underlines Saturday May 25 on franceinfo its president, Philippe Da Costa, on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the association and the launch of the 90th national quest.

Philippe Da Costa notes “an increase in crises and, since the health crisis, the mobilization of the Red Cross has been exceptional”, he explains. At the same time, the association has seen its number of volunteers increase by 15,000 in two years, because there are also “a desire of the French to act, to be useful”. Philippe Da Costa observes this increase in commitment both in participation in marauding and in the field of first aid, particularly on the occasion of the Paris 2024 Games: “In preparation for the Olympic Games, we recruited a lot of first aid workers”notes the president of the French Red Cross.

This week, a “enjoy the game” of these 75,000 volunteers of the association will “solicit the generosity of the French” Through the whole Country. Even “small donations are essential”, recalls Philippe Da Costa. It is in particular these donations which allow the association to provide “responses for access to essential goods, daily solidarity, which change the lives of our fellow citizens”. One hundred and sixty years after its creation, the French Red Cross remains in fact “a protective emblem, which promotes international humanitarian law”underlines its president.

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