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Mar 10, 2020

125 Years Blue Cross Denmark

On Saturday, February 1st, the 125th anniversary of the Blue Cross Denmark was celebrated in Copenhagen with the participation of, among others, Minister of Social Affairs Astrid Krag, Secretary General of the International Blue Cross, Anne Babb, and Helle Christiansen of the Church's Army. It was a wonderful day with a grateful look back on the years since the foundation. Here is the exciting story:

1877: The Blue Cross was founded in Switzerland by the priest Louis-Lucien Rochat, who would help people with alcohol problems and their families.

1895: Blue Cross Denmark is founded on February 1st through the librarian H. O. Lange as the initiator. The first Blue Cross meetings are held in his living room.

1900: The Blue Cross now has ten local associations and a national organization is formed.

1904: The Children's Association HOPE is founded by Head of Office Carl Borgen. The work was similar to Sunday school work, but had a preventative and cautionary nature in relation to alcohol.

1906: Blue Cross' first rescue home, Kærshovedgård by Bording, opens. There is room for 32 patients. Later, the neighboring yard is also bought, so that a total of 50 residents can be accommodated.

1917: The Blue Cross now has 32,866 members and supporters in 525 local associations.

1924: 5-6 local associations have established youth departments, and HOPE has grown to 4,799 children in 90 local departments. 

1940: The Blue Cross is criticized for having farming operations as the most important element of its weaning work. The Blue Cross brings together an expert group to develop the treatment, and this will have a great impact on the future.

1959: The Blue Cross National Council adopts the establishment of the Blue Cross Youth (BKU).

1960: New alcoholic care law moves care from the Ministry of Social Affairs to the Ministry of the Interior. Alcoholism is referred to as a disease and alcohol dependents must be treated on an equal footing with other patients in the hospital system. Patients for the Blue Cross homes should be visited by a physician.

1960-64: Retirees are no longer visited for alcohol treatment. The Blue Cross therefore creates nursing homes in Hobro and Skannerup.

1964: Peder Grube in Vorbasse donates his house and pavilion to the Blue Cross and erects a dormitory building so that the first children's summer camp can be held in Vorbasse. 

1975: The first recycling shops open in Næstved in a former butcher and fishing business. Within a few months, recycling also opens in Aalborg and Odense. Blue Cross members and friends are hereby given new duties as volunteer staff.

1989: After some financially turbulent years, the Blue Cross is expanding its efforts. Opens the heating room in Herning and non-alcoholic restaurants in seven cities. 

1997: TUBA is created - Therapy and counseling for Young people who are Children of Alcohol Abusers.

2008: Excursions and weekend camps for socially disadvantaged families are set in motion. In general, there is a growing focus on providing assistance to those in the immediate community who are affected by the addict's alcohol dependence.

2013: The child's Blue House is set up in Aalborg and Copenhagen. The goal is an early response to children from homes with alcohol abuse and mental and social problems. 

As its history shows, the Blue Cross Denmark is characterized by much change and growth despite temporary structural difficulties. Thanks to your donation, children of alcoholics in Denmark can continue to be reached and their lives can be shaped positively. Thank you for your generosity!

Christian Bjerre and Astrid Krag
Christian Bjerre and Astrid Krag
Anne Babb
Anne Babb
Dec 30, 2019

Happy New Year from the Blue Cross Chad

The end of the year is marked by exciting events of the Blue Cross Chad:

  • On December 1, activities were organized on the occasion of the International AIDS Day. Peer educators marched in the streets to talk about AIDS and HIV and distribute information. They all received a matching T-shirt and summer hats.
  • A new office was set up for the activities in the school Amoul de farcha in N'Djamena. This is decorated with drawings and comics, so that the students already have the topics in front of them in a visual way. 
  • From 10 to 11 December, the old and new members of the local committee for social responsibility were trained. Topics were good governance, complaint mechanisms and participation tools.
  • The Life Skills Programmes and the long experience in Chad were presented to the governments of the Faroe Islands that regularly donate grants. For this purpose, the General Secretary and a project manager from Chad travelled to the Danish islands.

Now, a new year is just around the corner. Also, in 2020 the Life Skills sessions will continue in the schools in Chad. Every year more and more young people take part in the activities. Events, camps and promotions are planned to give young people skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about alcohol and drugs and associated risks, including the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

With your donation these activities can be realized! Thanks a lot!

March for International AIDS Day
March for International AIDS Day
Training of local comittee
Training of local comittee
Comics in the new office
Comics in the new office
Dec 30, 2019

Dry January - Time to reflect

After the Christmas celebrations in the family circle, New Year follows. For some, the start of the year is full of goals, hopes and excitement for the events in the coming year. For others it is marked by worries and fears to be disappointed again in the new year. For both groups it is worth making a "Dry January", a month completely without alcohol. Some learn to celebrate without alcohol, others are prevented from forgetting their sorrow through alcohol.  

The challenge of the "Dry January" goes back to the educational campaign of the organisation Alcohol Change UK. The campaign began in 2012 to address the dangers of alcohol and addictive behaviour. 4000 people started the task seven years ago, today there are millions worldwide who intend to give up alcohol in the first month of the year.

Researchers confirm that a non-alcoholic month can bring about health changes. The effects are particularly great for people who drink a lot. On average, they lost around two kilos, blood pressure dropped by five percent, the risk of diabetes was reduced by 30 percent, the immune system was strengthened and the liver was able to recover.

The Dry January especially helps to get new self-awareness about one' s alcohol consumption. Children and Youth can be shown during this time which effects alcohol has on their health and behaviour. Especially the peer pressure among teenagers to drink can be interrupted by the Dry January and the trend of binge drinking at the weekend can be questioned.

In the coming year, the International Blue Cross will continue to carry out activities for children and teenagers to teach them “Life Skills”. Life skills shape the behavior of youth by giving them the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about alcohol and drugs and associated risks, including the transmission of HIV/AIDs. Life skills lessons are taught through peer education, which is based on role modeling and the ability of young people to become leaders and agents of change through empowerment and support.

Thank you very much for your donation! Happy New Year 2020!

 
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