On Sunday night a special charity night was held in aid of the International Committee of the Red Cross. More than 400 delegates joined ESA President Dr Zeev Goldik and other members of the ESA Board and Secretariat at the beautiful Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in central Geneva. This special event included a performance from Dr Goldik’s Beatles impersonation band ‘the Besatles’, who reeled off a number of classics including ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘I wanna hold your hand”.
The winners of the raffle prize draw were also selected, with the prizes of three iPads and three fitness trackers going to six lucky winners.
The ICRC, with its headquarters in Geneva, responds quickly and efficiently to help people affected by armed conflict. They also respond to disasters in conflict zones, because the effects of a disaster are compounded if a country is already at war. Emergencies are unpredictable, so their rapid deployment capability is hugely important. A large part of their activity at this time is taking place in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa.
After the announcement by Dr Goldik that the ESA would be donating 20,000 Euros to the ICRC, he was joined on stage by Dr Esperanza Martinez, Head of ICRC’s Health Assistance Division. At the end of evening, she said: “On behalf of the ICRC, I would like to thank the ESA and the Euroanaesthesia delegates for your valuable contribution to the work we carry out in favour of those affected by war and armed conflict. It was a pleasure to meet as many of you as I could at the dinner.”