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New ICRC Web site

01-12-1998 News Release 98/41

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched a new Web site in English ( ) and French ( ) enabling Internet users to make contributions directly by credit card. A similar site will soon open up in German. " We get so many requests on our main site from people wanting to know how to give us money that we decided to set up a special site just for them " , explained Ilona Pongracz from the ICRC's Promotion and Private Fundraising Division. An encoding system for credit card numbers guarantees the security of all electronic donations. 

Surfers can also sign up as " virtual delegates " on the new site. To do so, they must first pass a series of aptitude tests. That way, they can gain an inside view of the many aspects of a delegate's work and acquire a better understanding of complex subjects, such as international humanitarian law.

The site also presents the ICRC's fund-raising partners, currently the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Rotary International and the International Road Transport Union (IRU). In addition, an electronic boutique sells promotional items.

Set up by New Media Publishing, the site combines attractive graphics with a deliberately subdued style: black and white photos reflect the harsh reality confronting delegates in their daily tasks. It is directly linked to the ICRC's main site, where more general information can be obtained.