Monaco Red Cross 

October 19, 2022
Monaco Red Cross 

History

The history of the Monaco Red Cross is intricately linked to the Prince’s Family. Created on 3rd March 1948 by Prince Louis II, the Monaco Red Cross was recognised in the same year by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and admitted to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The Monaco Red Cross was presided over successively by Prince Rainier III from 1949 to 1958, followed by Princess Grace from 1958 to 1982. 

Since 17th December 1982, it has been presided over by H.S.H. Prince Albert II. Throughout 2022, the Monaco Red Cross will be hosting various events to mark the 40th anniversary of H.S.H. Prince Albert II as President of the association. 

An advocate for the environment and humanitarian causes, H.S.H. Prince Albert II has tirelessly offered his support to individuals and communities in need, such as those affected by a natural disaster, armed conflict, or the victims of population displacement.

Structure

Aware of the changing environment, the Monaco Red Cross is constantly innovating with solutions tailored to the needs of the population. The Monaco Red Cross now has almost 630 volunteers, 70% of whom are women and 33% are under 35. 

Charity missions 

In 2021, over 8,372,000 Euros was used to implement the actions of the Monaco Red Cross in Monaco and worldwide, supporting close to 58,000 people. Locally With a budget allocated to social action amounting to 2.9 M€, the Monaco Red Cross, through its Social Welfare Department, helps individuals living in Monaco and the neighbouring area encountering financial difficulty or having to cope with an emergency situation. 

Aid granted is designed to cover expenditure on essential goods and services such as rental costs, energy bills, school meals… vouchers may be distributed for buying food and basic necessities, representing an overall budget of €800,000. 

In 2021, CRM offered support to 204 homes in Monaco, and 417 homes in the neighbouring area (including 221 in Beausoleil) that have a strong link with the Principality. In 2021, the activities carried out by volunteers in the Principality’s retirement homes (Cap Fleuri, A Qietüdine, Fondation Hector Otto), at the Rainier III Centre as well as the Princess Grace Hospital where the Monaco Red Cross is active, suffered from the health situation. 

International Movement

11 projects – 6 business sectors: Water, Hygiene, Sanitation, First aid, Education, Community health, Protection and Health – 7 countries of intervention: Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, and Italy. 

For 2021, this international aid amounted to €760,590 in order to respond to appeals made by the International Movement for the countries concerned (Afghanistan, Congo, Croatia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Somalia, Sudan, SOS Mediterranean, West Africa), whether it be within the context of a natural disaster or a request from a humanitarian association or authorised agency. 

Alicia Keys concert in Monaco 

For her third concert in Monaco, Alicia Keys, songwriter, the American singer, became the ambassador of the Monaco Red Cross Gala, performing her new compositions as well as her classics on the Casino Place Monte-Carlo, from "No One" to "If I Ain't Got You" to "Girl on Fire". 

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