Red Cross International Youth Meeting 2019

From June 17th-23rd, I had the privilege of representing the Australian Red Cross’ REDxYouth network alongside Zahra, at the Red Cross’s 4th International Youth Meeting, an event that happens every 10 years to help shape the future of the movement. It was such a wonderful experience!

Zahra and I representing REDxYouth

Set in the birthplace of the Red Cross movement, Solferino Italy, we networked with hundreds of young Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders from around the world, to share our ideas and experiences s changemakers in our respective countries.

Some of the young people we worked with!

We participated in a series of workshops focusing on major humanitarian challenges such as climate change, as well as some of the world’s most pressing and protracted crises. We contribute to the development of IFRC’s new Strategy 2030 that will guide the organisation’s work for the coming decade.

The Pacific Youth Network with the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross

The week culminated on 22 June with the annual “Fiaccolata” – a candle-lit march involving thousands of volunteers between Solferino and Castiglione delle Stiviere. Solferino is the town where in 1859, Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant, witnessed a bloody battle between French and Sardinian armies. Dunant organised local people to treat the soldiers’ wounds and to feed and comfort them. These actions led to the creation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The Fiaccolata