Target: Spanish Red Cross
Goal: Commend efforts to raise money in support of impoverished Spanish families
While Spain hovers on the fringe of becoming the fourth Eurozone country to require a full bailout, the Red Cross is set to make a public appeal that will give the poorest families in Spain hope. To celebrate Little Flag Day, the Spanish Red Cross will ask for donations across the country to benefit 300,000 of the country’s most vulnerable citizens.
While this affected group may only comprise a small minority, the act demonstrates a commitment to helping the poorest of the poor and reminds the wider global community of the devastating impact this economic crisis has had. The Red Cross deserves to be commended for this important endeavor.
Prior to the Eurozone crisis, the Red Cross was known to the Spanish population for its work supporting those communities hit by natural disasters or extreme poverty, and working primarily with immigrant groups. Now, in response to the staggering statistic that one in four Spanish adults is unemployed, the Red Cross hopes to draw attention to the social impact of the economic disaster. Little Flag Day has always been a day in Spain to take to the streets and raise money for the Red Cross, but never before has that money gone back to aid struggling families within Spain itself.
The International Monetary Fund recently predicted that Spain would miss deficit targets in both 2012 and 2013 due to an economy that may shrink as much as 1.3% by next year. While the European Union (EU) has agreed on deficit targets of 6.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) for 2012, and 4.5% for 2013, Spain is expected to hit 7% and 5.7%, respectively. With an unemployment rate of 24.3%—the highest in the EU—and 51.5% of young people with no jobs, there is a real fear that such inequality will lead to social unrest.
The efforts of Red Cross to alleviate such an economic burden and remind the world of the real people affected by financial decisions deserve recognition.
Dear Spanish Red Cross,
I want to commend you on your efforts to bring attention to the thousands of families struggling across Spain as a result of the economic crisis. With the highest unemployment rate in the European Union, Spain is on the edge of requiring a full bailout. Your work to remind the world of the real people at stake is admirable.
Please continue your important efforts on behalf of the poor and marginalized of the global community.
[Your Name Here]
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