May 08, 2016
600 people participated in a parade of support yesterday in Ho Chi Minh to honor the 16 million worldwide Red Cross volunteers for World Red Cross Day May 8, 2016.
Vietnam has an average of 160 natural disasters every year, and a joint training program initiated by the American Red Cross is teaching residents to be better prepared through practice drills. 64 Vietnamese communities have Red Cross trained teams comprised of 24 members each, ready to serve during an emergency. Each team is provided essential supplies and equipment ranging from chainsaws and boats to whistles, megaphones, life jackets and first aid kits. Once a year, they practice emergency drills within their community which includes putting out fires, water rescues, collapsed building rescues, first aid and evacuations.
Tao Thi My Hanh is a female team member and trainer from the Quang Nam province. Tears freely stream from her face as she recalls the historical floods of 2008. “Terrible, it was just terrible,” she said softly. Now, My Hanh not only serves as a volunteer in her community but trains others as an instructor. Volunteers go through intense trainings on a regular basis to make sure they keep fresh the skills they learned.
Doan Van Thai, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Red Cross Society said, “The society calls on everyone to be involved in the humanitarian movement.Over 70 years since its inception, the Vietnam Red Cross Society has contributed significantly to the international humanitarian cause”, Thai said.
The International Red Cross provides disaster relief services for critical situations around the world. Doctors, nurses, dentists, pilots, medical technicians, food suppliers and other volunteers and professionals work together on a moments notice, traveling to emergency areas to help save and stabilize lives. These volunteers encounter grim situations and people in panic. They are trained to efficiently serve communities in need.
The Red Cross also offers classes and awareness courses year-round, globally for preparedness planning, disaster preparation drills,first aid, CPR, and Emergency Medical Technician training. They also train community members on providing social services such as how to help the elderly and handicapped individuals,pets and farm animals in crisis situations.
Red Cross Accepts Frequent Flyer Miles Donations
You can put your unused flight miles to work for the Red Cross through the generosity of several major airlines. The airline partners listed below permit loyalty program members to donate their flight miles to help Red Cross volunteers and staff get to critical areas during emergencies.
AAdvantage program members may donate miles in 1,000-mile increments to the Miles of Hope program or call 800-433-7300.
Delta Air Lines supports the Red Cross by allowing SkyMiles customers to donate their frequent flyer milesthrough the Delta SkyWish website or call 800-455-2720.
Southwest Airlines supports the Red Cross through the donation of Rapid Rewards Points. In order to participate, customers must donate a minimum of 2,000 points, and in 500 point increments thereafter. Donations can be made through the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards donation program or call 1-800-435-9792.
Mileage Plus members can make donations to the American Red Cross through United Airline’s Mileage Plus charity program. The minimum mileage requirement for a donation is 1,000 miles to the Mileage Plus Service Center or by calling 1-800-421-4655.
To donate your flight miles to the Red Cross, please contact your airline. Your gift of miles will help the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
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