“Would it not be possible, in time of peace and quiet, to form relief societies for the purpose of having care given to the wounded in wartime by zealous, devoted, and thoroughly qualified volunteers?”
This is the question a Swiss businessman asked after he witnessed suffering at the Battle of Solferino, in the Austro-Sardinian War. The battle only lasted one day, but about 40,000 soldiers on both sides were killed or left severely wounded.
Shocked by the suffering and the lack of medical help, the businessman canceled his trip to see Emperor Napoleon III and spent several days helping to care for the wounded.
He wrote a book about what he saw, called "A Memory of Solferino". published it with his own money in 1862, and sent copies of the book to leading political and military figures throughout Europe.
Thanks to Henry Dunant's vision, the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland. This international humanitarian movement has grown to approximately 97 million volunteers worldwide, dedicated to prevent and alleviate human suffering, without any discrimination based on nationality, race, sex, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
One of the most widely recognized organizations in the world, the Red Cross is also the most honoured, winning Nobel Peace Prizes in 1917, 1944, and 1963.
Today on TSB, we recognize the efforts of one of Atlantic Canada's most dedicated "Red Crossers", ... Pat Burgess!
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CLARA BARTON, Founder, American Red Cross