The Queen of Spain presided over the official act of the annual celebration of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2021 in Spain, at the Teaching Centre of the Spanish Red Cross, Madrid. The 8th of May is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.
The celebration of World Red Cross and Crescent Day takes place during the largest operation in the history of the Spanish Red Cross, the Red Cross RESPONDE Plan against COVID-19, through which it has already supported more than 4 million vulnerable people in Spain impacted by the pandemic, and more than 700 million people around the world through the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
During the event, under the slogan 'From society to society' videos were screened and the humanitarian organisation presented its 2020 Gold Medals (whose delivery had to be postponed due to the pandemic) and the 2021 Plaque of Honor. Her Majesty gave a speech in which she said "We are the Red Cross who are part of society. For this reason, behind this organisation should be the will of all (administrations, private sector, each citizen) to help and share, because it is not possible to live turning our backs on us. It is, as President Rocca has said, a time of kindness. And of union and responsibility".