8 June 2017
Visitors and shoppers in Belfast city centre can find out more about the Red Cross at a free family event this Saturday. The ‘Discovered’ event will take place on Saturday 10 June from 11am to 4pm at Belfast City Hall.
The British Red Cross has joined forces with sister organisations the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Irish Red Cross for the event. Visitors will discover a host of fascinating facts about the largest voluntary humanitarian movements in the world.
The event aims to show shoppers and visitors to Belfast that while the charity is rightly known for its work overseas, it also provides a wide variety of humanitarian services across Northern Ireland.
Live music, vintage fashion and first aid skills
The charity’s Northern Ireland Director, Sharon Sinclair, says: “The Red Cross is one of the biggest voluntary organisations in the world and yet a surprising number of people don’t know exactly what we do, or that we have a very busy operation right here in Northern Ireland.
"While everyone has heard of the Red Cross, many people don’t know anything about our fascinating history or that we are, for example, the main provider of short-term wheelchair loans in local communities. We’re aiming to correct that with our free family event on the 10th of June.
"Whether you’d like to discover more about learning first aid, want to have a closer look inside an ambulance, would like to find out about volunteering opportunities, are interested in vintage fashion or just want to improve your general knowledge about the Red Cross around the world, we’d love to meet you this Saturday.”
An eclectic blend of world musicians from Beyond Skin will be perform live at the event. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to Red Cross workers about their experiences of operating in conflict zones and during emergencies around the world.