Thursday, May 7, 2009
World Red Cross Day Celebration
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH ( May 6, 2009)— The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is celebrating World Red Cross Day on May 8th from 3 pm – 6 pm with a presentation on Red Cross services available for local refugees and people in Utah seeking links to loved ones around the world.
Emergency Services Director, Logan Sisam said, “This is a great opportunity to bring some key leaders in the community together to share information on how the Red Cross can help people in Utah who need our services.” Regional Chapter CEO, Maxine Margaritis added, “Utah has an extensive refugee population and we want these individuals and families to know that we offer International Tracing Services to help them connect with families separated through crisis such as war or famine. The American Red Cross has links with Red Cross societies all around the globe and works with the International Red Cross to help restore family links.”
One of the participants in this event is a man who knows what it is like to flee a country and land in Utah first-hand. Muridi says he gave his trust to the Red Cross and acknowledged how it has helped his family. He fled a refugee camp in Africa, came to America and landed in Utah. His wife wanted to open a day care and took Red Cross classes, like First Aid and CPR, to be able to run her business. Muridi since learned the Red Cross can try to help people re establish contact and link with loved ones in other countries. He is currently requesting a Red Cross link and is excited that he may be able to reconnect with lost loved ones. Muridi plans to participate from the Somali Community of Salt Lake, at the World Red Cross Day on Friday May 8th.
Event agenda available upon request/ interviews available before or after the event as well.
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