The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has rendered everything upended, the 2020 celebration of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Day being no exception. And there was no program planned in celebration of the occasion as the outbreak has made gathering impossible. It was against this backdrop the Liberia National Red Cross Society thought to only applaud its many volunteers for the tireless efforts over the years.
According to the LNRCS, on this occasion, it proud to recognize the work of its volunteers and staff who are doing everything they can to support communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We always say that the Red Cross is everywhere for everyone, every day,” said Mr. Ambullai Perry, Secretary-General of the Liberian Red Cross.
“In 2020, this is more important than ever. Our volunteers are hard at work helping vulnerable individuals and communities to protect themselves from COVID-19, and we’re still providing many other services that people need to keep themselves safe and healthy.
“Each and every volunteer in Liberia deserves applause, and we encourage everyone to #KeepClapping on 8 May.”
The Liberian Red Cross’ volunteers have been active in communities since the novel coronavirus was first detected: helping people to prepare, sharing life-saving health information to stop the spread of the disease, and working to limit its impact on the most vulnerable members of society.
These programs have been carried out alongside the work Liberian Red Cross is well known for in Liberia. Every year, we reach more than half a million people with a diverse range of services tailored to local needs, such as Community based healthcare, disaster preparedness and response, women capacity building and empowerment and first aid among others.
Mr. Perry said: “We may not be physically close during this time of social distancing, but we will always be here for you because we cannot neglect the vulnerable people.
“This is a difficult time for everyone, but I see so much hope in the bravery and dedication of not only Liberian Red Cross’ volunteers, but also that of the millions of volunteers and staff members in 191 other countries around the world. This global solidarity will help the world not only survive this pandemic, but also help it to thrive afterwards.”