If you’re looking for a free, fun-filled family day out then look no further than the Red Cross’ “DiscoveRED” event which takes place in Guildhall Square in Derry on Saturday 16 June from 11am-4pm.

There will be an array of activities on offer for the whole family, such as face painting, balloon modelling, stilt walkers and a live band who will be holding drum workshops. Visitors will also have a chance to step inside an emergency response vehicle and take part in first aid demonstrations.

This event will see volunteers and staff from three strands of the world’s largest humanitarian network fill Guildhall Square as it is being jointly run by the Irish Red Cross, the British Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

For history buffs there will be talks on the history of the Red Cross in the area and an opportunity to view some artefacts from the Lady Aileen McCorkell Archive, which forms part of the University of Ulster at Magee’s Special Collection.

The Irish Red Cross will play a special role at this event; Irish Red Cross Youth members will be delivering activities from their Anti-Bullying and Positive Mental Health programmes while Irish Red Cross therapeutic hand care service volunteers will be providing their hand massage service. These volunteers are trained to give a hand massage and/or a manicure to both men and women in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and day care centres and the relaxing effect of the massage is very beneficial.

Bernie Rutherford, National Director of Youth with the Irish Red Cross said: “We are really looking forward to the event which will highlight the variety of work engaged in by the Red Cross Movement around the world. In our own locality, Donegal Area Red Cross and Derry/Londonderry Red Cross work very well together and nationally, we work closely with Belfast office, especially on youth matters. All Red Cross services will be advertised on the day, membership application forms will be available and volunteers and staff will be on hand with further information.”

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