Celebrating compassion

Join New Zealand's WW100 programme commemorating Passchendaele and celebrating compassion. Find out how you can get involved.


In the lead up to the events commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 2017, WW100 is encouraging Kiwis to remember New Zealand’s support for Belgium and its refugees during tWorld War One (WWI).

Socks were knitted, clothing donated, and fundraisers held. By the end of the war, New Zealanders had raised around £805,000 for the Belgian Relief Fund (that's around $100 million today). For their outstanding services in aid of Belgian refugees and the military, 33 women in New Zealand were recognised by the Belgian government with the Medaille de la Reine Elisabeth, or Queen Elisabeth Medal.

New Zealand Red Cross joins the celebration

New Zealand Red Cross was thrilled to be approached by WW100 to get involved in celebrating compassion.

Red Cross is a contemporary example of what women were doing at the time of the war - whether raising funds to help people in need, resettling former refugees in New Zealand or sending aid workers to help in war zones.

We will be celebrating compassion too on our social media channels. Make sure you follow us!

Get involved too!

Join WW100 and New Zealand Red Cross in celebrating compassion. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Organise a bake sale with proceeds going to Red Cross. 

  • Host a coin trail to raise money for Red Cross. During WWI, New Zealand school children from Auckland and Wellington challenged each other to build a coin trail along the main trunk line.

  • Hold a concert. Concerts were a popular way to raise funds during the First World War. 

  • Belgian food festival - The Belgians are known for their fries, waffles, chocolate and beer. You could hold a Belgian food festival with proceeds donated to a local charity.

  • Queen and King carnival - Queen carnivals were very popular during WWI. Women would compete to raise the most money with the winner being crowned carnival queen.

  • Host a clothing drive. During WWI donations of clothing poured in for displaced Belgians. You could host a clothing drive for one of our Red Cross Shops.

  • Host a social. Socials and balls were also very popular fundraisers. You could host your own; perhaps it could be Belgium themed?

  • For more activities, check out WW100's tips and ideas

Make sure you let us know what you do. Email us at getfundraising@redcross.org.nz