The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) on Tuesday joined its counterparts across the world in celebration of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. The day commemorates the bravery of Red Cross volunteers, and the diverse humanitarian services they offer in communities everywhere.
“Our volunteers live in the communities they support, from the smallest and most remote villages to the largest cities,” said LNRCS Secretary General Saybah Tamba. “Our services are tailored for local needs and delivered in local languages.
“Today is when the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement come together to thank our volunteers who give their time and expertise here in Liberia and all over the world.”
She further indicated, “Whatever you are living through – a natural disaster, a health crisis, the effects of conflict or violence – we are here to support you.”
In celebration of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, the Liberian government issued a proclamation indicating May 1-31 as Red Cross Month and May 8 as Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, to be observed as a working holiday.
In the proclamation, President George Manneh Weah noted that since its formation, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement continue to provide key humanitarian services to the most vulnerable communities and has shown strong commitment to continue its services.
President Weah has directed all civic and voluntary organizations and government agencies concerned to fully participate in events organized by the Liberian Red Cross to make the occasion meaningful and rewarding.
LNRCS Communication Officer Oniel Bestmann said, “As part of the events earmarked, the Red Cross will focus on community services and non-food items’ distribution to vulnerable institutions. In Montserrado, 100 Red Cross volunteers have been mobilized to work with the Monrovia City Corporation and the Paynesville City Corporation for clean-up activities.”
Every year around the world, the Red Crescent Movement supports many millions of people affected by conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies, through its network of around 14 million volunteers and 450,000 staff.
Volunteers of this global movement are as diverse as the life-saving services they provide through 190 National Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This local action is supported by the global reach of IFRC, ICRC, as well as partnerships with sister National Societies across the world.
The Liberian Red Cross reaches more than half a million people every year, with a diverse range of services tailored to local needs ranging from Disaster Management, building community resilience, skill training, First Aid, healthcare, water and sanitation. The Red Cross also helps in preparing people for, coping with, and recovering from crises.
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated every 8th of May – the birth date of Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant. It recognizes the bravery and dedication of volunteers and staff members around the world. 2018 is the 190th anniversary of Dunant’s birth, mirroring the 190 National Societies providing humanitarian support in communities large and small every day.