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Everybody has a chance to be the rescuer, but also the one rescued.
Japan received a massive amount of support from all over the world after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami followed by nuclear power plant accidents in 2011. It was one of the largest international relief operations in our history. Knowing that among the donations we received, a significant number came from developing countries, I believe, gives us a chance to reflect on the importance of Global "Kizuna (Bonds)," and the spirit of helping one another.
When the hope for humanity is united, there will be a power that is far beyond our imagination. The Red Cross movement represents that ground swell of power, which shows its ability to rescue, relieve, aid those in need amid such situations as conflicts, disasters, sickness, ageing, and poverty. The Japanese Red Cross Society is one of the members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which is the largest humanitarian network organization formed of 187 countries worldwide.
Our feeling of wanting to help will only be achieved by "realising" what is going on, "thinking" what we can do, then most of all, "doing" what you can do.
The ideal of one young Swiss man, Henri Dunant, grew to become the worldwide volunteer network. Now his dream is turning into a global reality. One man made a difference, so anybody has a chance to be Henri Dunant!!
Indifference is the biggest enemy of Humanity.
Let's think what you can do. Then let's do it together!