12 June 2020
Macau Red Cross Centenary
Stamps per sheet: 50
Paper: Paper with Security Fibres
Size: 40 x 30 mm
Perforation: 13 x 13¼ (With elliptical perforations)
Printing: Offset Lithography with Microprinting
Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print, The Netherlands
UPU/WADP Code: MO026.20
Centenary of the Macau Red Cross
A Century of Humanitarian and Philantrophic Missions
As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Red Cross Movement), Macau Red Cross operates according to the seven fundamental principles of the said International Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. Holding the spirit of humanity and philanthropy, Macau Red Cross strives to practice the missions of the Red Cross Movement in Macao and beyond.
Macau Red Cross was founded in 1920, the organization has a history of hundred years up to now and is the oldest humanitarian organization in the city. In its early stage, Macau Red Cross was integrated as a branch of the Portuguese Red Cross. After China reclaimed sovereignty of Macao on December 20, 1999, Macau Red Cross detached from the Portuguese Red Cross, becoming a highly autonomous branch of the Red Cross Society of China.
Over the past hundred years, we have been dedicated to promoting the Red Cross Movement by dealing in the early years, under extremely difficult conditions, with the influx of war refugees into the city by conducting humanitarian relief works whenever major disasters occur around the world. It not only reflects the compassion of the Macao citizens, but also won the recognition and affirmation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFCR) and of the Red Cross societies established all of the world. In 2003, Macau Red Cross was awarded the Medal of Merit – Philanthropy by the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) in recognition of our outstanding contributions to humanitarian activities over the years.
During the past 20 years since the establishment of the MSAR, Macau Red Cross has developed rapidly and has diversified its scope of work. The current services include “Disaster preparedness and victim assistance services” for the relief of disaster victims at home and abroad; “Tracing service” to assist individuals to re-establish communication with lost family members who are separated by natural or man-made disasters; “Medical transfer service” for disabled and/or bed-ridden patients; “First aid service” for various types of events held locally; “Macau Red Cross School” for the teaching and promotion of first aid knowledge; “Youth development program” focusing on the development of child and youth; and “Community services” for caring for the underprivileged in the community. The organization has also joined the Civil Defense Master Plan of the MSAR Government, and as a member of the civil defense framework, we have actively participated in and completed several civil defense operations.
Holding the firm convictions of philanthropic and voluntary services, the humanitarian mission of the Macau Red Cross has never interrupted for over a century.
Little drops of water, little grains of sand, the selfless contributions by our volunteers, and the support and contributions by the public, make-up the mighty and solid foundation for Macau Red Cross, to enable us to continuously carry out our humanitarian missions.
Macau Red Cross
Translation: Boss Translation Company Limited
Press release from Macau Post:
|Philatelic Products||Selling Price||Quantity|
|Stamp Sheet||225.00 patacas|
|Souvenir Sheet||14.00 patacas||250,000|
|First Day Cover with Stamp||10.50 patacas||4,500|
|First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet||20.00 patacas||4,500|
|Information Brochure||7.00 patacas||4,000|
|Information Brochure with Stamp||11.50 patacas|
|Information Brochure with Souvenir Sheet||21.00 patacas|
The stamp designer of this issue is Mr. Lok Hei, and the text of the information brochure is written by the Macau Red Cross.
This is the sixth theme of 2020 issues. The previous issued stamps are “Lunar Year of the Rat” on 05/01/2020, “70th Anniversary of the Macao Federation of Trade Unions” on 20/01/2020, “Gastronomy and Sweets III – Traditional Popular Snacks” on 01/03/2020, “Regional Medicinal Plants II” on 20/04/2020, and “70th Anniversary of the Women’s General Association of Macau” on 21/05/2020.