The girls paid a visit to the Cook Islands Red Cross headquarters to learn about the great work of the Red Cross in the area of humanitarian services.
The international Red Cross Red Crescent movement is the biggest humanitarian organisation in the world, so the girls got to learn about how this great organisation came about, its mission and fundamental principles.
With the weather forecast now saying that cyclones will be more frequent and intense, the girls learned that it is predicted that this cyclone season could be one of the worst in a very long time. Dealing with natural disasters is high priority for humanitarian communities in the Pacific.
“Tropical Cyclones are our most frequent natural disaster here, and have actually killed people, so it was important that the girls learned about the work Cook Islands Red Cross is doing to prepare our people for such events, and also in time of response,” said Cook Islands Red Cross Secretary-General, Fine Tuitupou-Arnold.
“Cook Islands Red Cross is naturally the Government’s strongest partner when it comes to disaster response. The girls also learned about the society’s other programmes including first aid, community-based health and blood donor recruitment.”
“There were a lot of questions from the girls on the night, demonstrating their interest in the topic. Some of them hadn’t previously known much about Red Cross.”
“It was a very good session for Red Cross as we would like to raise awareness of the work of the society to as many people as we can.
“We are here for the people of the Cook Islands, and we would like them to know what we do and how we carry out our work.”
Natalia Short summed up the session with Red Cross when she said: “What an appreciation it has given me. Such an awesome organisation doing some really cool things. Thank you Red Cross!!”