The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has promised to continue to offer hope and support to humanity, express solidarity and demonstrate humility and show kindness everywhere in communities across Liberia.
The LNRCS is also calling every well-meaning Liberian to do the same as the most vulnerable “among us need our help,” noting that it will provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people as a means of demonstrating kindness toward the less fortunate.
As the nation’s leading humanitarian organization, the LNRCS through its Secretary General, Gregory Blamoh told a press conference over the weekend, that there is a need for support, coordination and combined efforts and consolidated resources to demonstrate exceptional kindness toward humanity in response to the immense needs of the most vulnerable.
The pledge for continued efforts comes on the heels of the observance of this year’s Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Day — the 8th of May each year.
Outlining its activities in commemoration of this year’s Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Day, Mr. Blamoh revealed, “The LNRCS team will visit homes of the people with disabilities, orphans and people with special needs to present food and essential non-food items. Volunteers will also engage in community services by cleaning the homes and rendering domestic services to people in need of our help.”
However, May of each year is known as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Month and an official celebration is planned and organized on May 8 to commemorate the birthday of the movement’s founder, Henry Dunant. This year’s celebration is being held under the theme: ‘Believe in the power of kindness.’
According to him, it is no secret that the past months have been marked by multiple crises that have spared no one and have hit the most vulnerable the hardest ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to fire disasters, stampede, and the recent outbreaks of Lassa fever and measles as well as other humanitarian emergencies in the country.
“In this complex time, we need to ground ourselves and return to the root and meaning of our founding humanitarian principle, which is humanity more than ever before. This is why for this year’s RCRC Day, we would like to celebrate acts of kindness, whether small or big, that can make a huge difference in people’s lives,” he added.
As part of activities, the LNRCS’ youth and volunteer department will hold Youth Career Inspiration Dialogues in six schools in three counties including Grand Bassa, Margibi and Nimba.
“We will work with experts or professionals to inspire senior high students to choose a career option that is best for them. Career choices are life choices and we want to encourage our students to take them seriously and do them rightly,” he said.
Meanwhile, the LNRCS says it is optimistic and attentive to the realization of the willingness and support of the private and public sectors as well as the corporate and international communities to work together and express kindness toward humanity despite the many challenges the national society has faced over the years, with inadequate funding being at the core.
“We hope to work towards a refocused LNRCS, at the service of all, strong in its diversity, exemplary and innovative approach to demonstrate exceptional and unconditional kindness at all times and toward everyone everywhere,” he averred.
The LNRCS is at the same time calling on national government, corporate institutions, private organizations and international and local humanitarian actors for increasing support to be able to sufficiently address local humanitarian needs.
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