Together, we can keep hope alive

Together, we can keep hope alive


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the Bol d'Or Mirabaud's first charity partner. Two crews will fly the flag for the ICRC, racing in boats provided by the Bol d'Or Mirabaud. The regatta and the ICRC share not just their Genevan roots, which extend into both the local and international spheres, but also the qualities of determination, courage and drive that are their mainstay.


Cities have become the battleground of modern-day conflict, causing immense suffering to countless people around the world. Many war-torn countries lack the means and infrastructure to help their own citizens, leaving people reliant on outside help. But the complexity of the conflicts and large number of groups fighting at once can make it difficult for aid to reach those in need.

Because the parties know we don't take sides, we can get to high-risk areas others cannot and cross the front lines to bring assistance to victims. Whenever and wherever conflict breaks out, we are often the first to arrive on the scene and to start distributing food, water and medical supplies.

Here are just some of our major operations:

Severe drought across the region has exacerbated the food crisis in Somalia, a country that has been in the grip of violence for decades.
In 2017, we plan to provide food, essential household items and better access to water to 1.4 million people. We will also continue to support health-care facilities and nutrition centres.
South Sudan
Armed conflict has weakened the country's economy and restricted access to basic services and necessities, such as drinking water.
In 2017, we will distribute water and build and repair water-supply systems with the goal of giving 530,000 people better access to drinking water.
Conflict and violence in the region are driving thousands from their homes. We are working hard to meet the needs of refugees and of the communities that have taken them in.
In 2017, we will provide support to 12 hospitals so that the sick and injured can receive the care they need, whether they are refugees or locals.
Widespread conflict continues to have devastating repercussions for Afghans in many parts of the country.
In 2017, we expect to treat more than 108,000 patients in our physical rehabilitation centres and to help them rejoin the community and find work.