Media availability advisory - Red Cross aid worker returns to China one year later

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Red Cross aid worker Yunhong
Zhang has just returned from the earthquake recovery areas in China. While
there, Ms. Zhang saw first hand the major progress that has been made since
she led the International Red Cross response one year ago.
    "With the help of the Red Cross Movement, communities are starting to
rebuild and recover," says Zhang. "Hundreds of health centres and schools have
already been built, psychosocial and livelihoods programs are in place and
thousands of families are moving into their new homes."
    The International Red Cross Movement has either built or begun
construction of more than 15,000 of a total 70,000 planned homes in the three
worst affected provinces. The Red Cross is also supporting the construction of
660 schools and 1,500 medical clinics and hospitals.
    Red Cross reconstruction efforts and integrated community-based programs
are expected to continue through April 2011.

    The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and
187 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada
and around the world.

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule a media interview with Yunhong
Zhang please contact: Tanya Elliott, (905) 890-1203 ext. 202; Katie Boyd,
(613) 740-3604

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