The Quaker Star
The Quaker star shown on the banner of our website, a red and black double star, is an internationally recognised symbol for the concern and action of Friends (Quaker) service committees around the world.
The star first appeared in use on supplies during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-73). London Yearly Meeting set up a fund to help the suffering people in the battle areas. Many Friends felt unable to subscribe to the Sick and Wounded Fund which was being raised to help the wounded soldiers only with no assistance to others also caught up in the war. The star, which represented support for all people regardless of status, religion or ethnicity, has continued to be used as a symbol of succour and hope from the 19th Century to the present day.
(From information obtained in an article by Kathleen Hertzberg, Clerk of Canadian Friends Service Committee from 1963 - 1971)