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12 June 2020

Macau Red Cross Centenary

Macau: Macau Red Cross Centenary, 12 June 2020. Images from CTT Filatelia.

Technical Specifications:

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:

Stamp Issue “Centenary of the Macau Red Cross”

08/06/2020 12:06
To mark the century of the Macau Red Cross in fulfilling its humanitarian and philantrophic Missions, Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau will issue the stamp theme “Centenary of the Macau Red Cross” on 12th June, 2020. The Macau Red Cross was founded in 1920, is the oldest humanitarian organization in the city, and celebrates its first centenary this year.
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 their volunteers, and the support and contributions by the public, make-up the mighty and solid foundation for Macau Red Cross and enable the continuously carry out this humanitarian missions.
This issue includes one stamp and one souvenir sheet, whose design incorporates the number “100” with a red cross; the souvenir sheet shows the seven fundamental principles of the said International Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality, and illustrating several projects started in MSAR and beyond.
The above issue will be available for sale at the General Post Office (9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m.), the Communications Museum (9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m., 2:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.), and the “Rua do Campo” Post Office (9:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.). The mail service for the relative philatelic products cancelled with the commemorative postmark will be available on the issue date at the above locations. The philatelic products are as follows:
Philatelic Products Selling Price Quantity
Stamp 4.50 patacas 250,000
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.

Souvenir Sheet:

First Day Covers:

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