British Red Cross: ‘Past and Present’

The Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission is hosting a Guernsey International Development Network Event celebrating the British Red Cross’ long-standing  relationship with Guernsey throughout history, up to today.

The evening will be held on Tuesday 5th March 2024 at Les Cotils Centre from 7.00pm.

2024 will mark the 80th Anniversary year of the International Red Cross SS Vega first visiting  Guernsey in December 1944 to deliver desperately needed aid to the local population  during the Occupation. The Vice-President of the Channel Islands’ Occupation Society, Paul  Le Pelley, a local historian who has a special interest in the subject, will be providing an  informative presentation on the SS Vega and other Red Cross support provided to Islanders  during the Occupation. There will also be a display of artefacts relating to the SS Vega kindly  loaned by Guernsey Museums and the German Occupation Museum.

After a Fairtrade Coffee Break to see the display, there will also be a thought-provoking  presentation from British Red Cross representatives, who are visiting the Island. Rachel  Polnay, Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy, and Anaish Yilma-Parmar, Head of  Legacies, who will provide a talk focussing on the current work of the British Red Cross  internationally and in the UK, which has included support from the Guernsey Overseas Aid &  Development Commission.

In regard to the SS Vega, Mr Le Pelley said: “For approximately 9 months – from the fall of St Malo in mid-August 1944 to the  liberation of the Channel Islands on 9 May 1945 – the islands, which were nowhere  near self-sufficient in producing foodstuffs or medical supplies faced increasing  deprivations. This desperate situation was overcome by the arrival of aid from the  International Red Cross in the shape of the SS Vega. This particular ship made several visits to the islands between the 27 December, 1944 and June 1945, bringing  much needed food and medical supplies to the islands. But the International Red  Cross did much more than just bring Red Cross parcels to the islands in the last few  months of the war as many other services beneficial to Channel Islanders were  carried out by the International Red Cross. My presentation will briefly lay out all  that the International Red Cross did for Channel Islanders during WW2“.

Deputy Chris Blin, the President of the OA&DC, said: ”The history of the support provided by the Red Cross to Guernsey is fascinating and  Paul’s presentation will help to bring this to life. Obviously, the work of the Red Cross  across the globe continues. The Commission has been proud to support British Red  Cross projects for a number of years and, in recent times alone, has provided  Disaster and Emergency Relief Awards to alleviate the effects of extreme monsoon  floods in Pakistan, a volcanic eruption tsunami in Tonga, and the East Africa Food  Crisis in Somalia. The Commission is therefore very pleased to host this event and  welcome a senior British Red Cross delegation to the Island. For me, it will be just as  important to gain an insight into the current work of this well respected organisation and understand how we can help. I am therefore looking forward to welcoming all  those who take a similar interest”.


Picture: The International Red Cross SS Vega. Credit: The British Red Cross

Date

Mar 05 2024
Expired!

Time

7:00 pm

Cost

No charge

Location

Les Cotils, Guernsey
L'Hyvreuse,, GY1 1UU, Guernsey
Website

Organizer

States of Guernsey
Website

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Date

Mar 05 2024
Expired!

Time

7:00 pm

Cost

No charge

Location

Les Cotils, Guernsey
L'Hyvreuse,, GY1 1UU, Guernsey
Website

Organizer

States of Guernsey
Website

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