The meaning behind the HART logo, explained by our founder Baroness Caroline Cox
“This beautiful, intricate design was found in a 13th Century manuscript in the British Museum by one of our American friends (who has a passionate interest in history). She kindly suggested it might be an ideal Logo for HART.
I was delighted: it contained so much symbolism enshrining the spirit of HART’s fundamental values!
There is the Cross: representing the foundational Christian creed on which we are founded: to fulfil the Biblical mandate to heal the sick, feed the hungry and speak for the oppressed unconditionally, for those of any faith or none.
There is a ‘Heart’: not just a pun on the word ‘HART’ but a symbol of Love.
There are the encircling flowers. For Christian partners and supporters, they can represent the Christian symbol of new life – a crown of flowers born from the crown of thorns (similar to the Armenian historical tradition whereby there is always a symbol of new life flowing from the Cross of Death).
For those who are not Christians, we can say that these flowers represent the Passion Flower and a symbol of Compassion.
So far, so very good! But I had a problem: there is a symbol at the heart of the heart – and I did not know what it was. It is quite dangerous to adopt a logo with an Unknown item in the heart of the HART logo! But I felt that the symbolism was ‘good’, so I took the risk.
Not long afterwards, I was flying from Malaysia to Singapore, sitting next to a gentleman who gave me his card. I reciprocated. He looked at my card with the HART logo and asked what the symbol in the Heart was. I replied, with trepidation, that I did not know and this worried me. He then told me that it is a Chinese character. I nervously asked what it represented, fearing it might mean something like ‘Ugly Snake’ in the Heart in our HART logo!
He responded, telling me it is the Chinese character ‘Ta’ which means ‘Big’! What a relief!!
I hope it is a sign that HART will not only have a ‘BIG Heart’ of compassion – but also the resources to enable that compassion to provide more help for our inspirational partners as they work so valiantly to help their communities in challenging situations on frontlines of freedom and faith in many parts of the world.
And an interesting thought: it is fascinating to see that a Chinese character was used in a 13th century English manuscript! Of course, the trade routes were open then and this is a beautiful example of historic cross-cultural intellectual and aesthetic inspiration.”
Caroline (Baroness) Cox
Founder and President
HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust)