Last Thursday, we hosted our annual reception to thank our major donors and supporters in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, President of RedR UK.
At the headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), our donors learned more about how their support is contributing towards RedR’s humanitarian efforts around the world.
Our CEO, Jo de Serrano, delivered a speech concerning the growing need for humanitarian assistance and protection, particularly in the light of climate change and the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow, which has highlighted the importance of being able to respond to climate-related disasters. By 2050, more than 1 billion people could be displaced by climate change, and RedR UK will play an integral role in meeting the needs of displaced populations.
During the reception, The Princess Royal also spoke to the audience about the demand and importance of humanitarian emergency response, and the need to have the financial resources available to provide immediate aid when disaster strikes.
RedR’s donors are essential to ensure that we can deliver humanitarian programmes in a timely and responsive manner. With the number of disaster-affected people growing each year, our work is needed now more than ever.
11 November was, of course, Remembrance Day. To mark the occasion, RedR UK’s Honorary Vice President, Sir Tyrone Urch KBE, delivered a message on the close connection between the international aid sector and the military’s humanitarian activities. The military have valuable skills that are applicable in humanitarian contexts, such as protection, engineering, logistics, and support.
The evening as a whole was an opportunity to bring together RedR’s major donors, reiterating our sincere appreciation for their continued support for RedR’s mission and global vision, and we would like to thank everyone who attended the reception, including HRH The Princess Royal.
The humanitarian sector will face considerable challenges in the coming years. The rate of disasters and displacement is on the rise, but with the support of our donors, RedR UK will be better able to meet these needs.