The story of an idea


This year marks a series of significant milestones for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Perhaps the most significant of all is the 150 years anniversary of the Battle of Solferino.

Henry Dunant, a businessman from Switzerland; witness the aftermath of this great battle, it was this scene that inspired him to write his book, “A Memory of Solferino.” This book then prompted the creation of what is now known as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.

Henry Dunant is still inspiring many to continue his work and one of the many creations that came out of his inspiration is the 2009 worldwide social campaigned known as “Your World. Your Move.”

The purpose of this campaign is to support and inspire the backbone of this organization, the volunteers. See, without the unyielding dedication of these great volunteers, this great organization couldn’t touch as many lives as they do now.

So in order to mobilize the population, increase the body of volunteers and encourage young and old to join in; the International Federation and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly sent out a call to action with this campaign.

The hope is that this united effort can inspired all of us to use the power of all people who believe in humanity so we can all address the humanitarian challenges facing us today.

I can personally say that this campaign has touched my life. I have met incredible people from all over the world through this social media campaign. They read my stories and I read theirs. Everyday I learn more about the things that people like you and me are doing all over the world to help others in need.

It is amazing getting up in the morning and learning about how my fellow volunteers in China and Taiwan are assisting the people affected by the Typhoon Morakot or how the youth is been mobilized in Mongolia to help those affected by the worst flooding they had seen in 43 years.

It is inspirational and unifying the feeling that you get when you realize that we are all connected somehow. It is undeniable that together with the power of all people, we can make A BIG DIFFERENCE in this world.

Today I will share with you a little clip that explains how this worldwide humanitarian movement was born. But if you want to get involved in this worldwide social campaign you can do so by visiting, http://ourworld-yourmove.org

Have you made move yet?

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