ANNUAL APPEAL 2013
We are pleased to announce that our 2013 Unitarian Peace Fellowship annual appeal will go to the Clara Barton Disasters Emergency Appeal of the British Red Cross for its life saving work of mercy worldwide.
In April 2012, at our Annual Meetings Peace Vespers, a humanitarian appeal was launched to honour the memory of Clara Barton, the Universalist 'Angel of the Battlefields' during the American Civil War and the founder of the American Red Cross. That appeal was appropriately for the British Red Cross and was directly inspired by the ethic and the vital message of the Charter for Compassion.
Clara Barton's own legacy is the so-called American Amendment to the rules of engagement of the International Red Cross, which for well over a century has been dedicated to saving lives worldwide: not only succouring the victims of war but all those suffering from 'man made' and natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones and tsunamis. Wherever its humanitarian aid is needed the Red Cross is ready to respond.
We are pleased that £3650 has so far been raised and sent to the British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal and the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Appeal. The British Red Cross has asked us to thank all generous donors and, at our request, has instituted the Clara Barton Disasters Emergency Appeal, a permanent humanitarian fund which will support current and future emergency appeals of the Red Cross.
We hope that, in the spirit of the Charter for Compassion, which continues to inspire this appeal, you will consider sending a donation and helping to raise money for this new fund, which honours the name and humanitarian mission of Clara Barton. During the course of 2013 all donations will be sent to the Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal and future appeals as and when they are launched.
All cheques should be made out to the British Red Cross and sent to: Clara Barton Disasters Emergency Appeal, British Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL. Please kindly write on the reverse of your cheque 'Clara Barton Disasters Emergency Appeal' and 'attention Donna Wong'. Receipts and Gift Aid forms will be sent on request.