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Red Cross solicits funds to carryout humanitarian services

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Red Cross solicits funds to carryout humanitarian services

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has solicited financial assistance from individuals and organisations to enable it to carryout humanitarian services in the country.

The Chairman, Enugu State Branch of the organisation, Mr Michael Nwokolo, made the appeal on Wednesday in Enugu during the celebration of this year’s World Red Cross Day.

Nwokolo said the humanitarian services by Red Cross were part of its ways of showing kindness and empathy to victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters, in line with the theme of the 2022 celebration: “Be human kind”.

He said that the lack of funds had hindered them from carrying out those services.

According to him, the celebration has provided us an opportunity to renew our firm commitment to humanity.

“The celebration is highlighted through a special theme to fulfil the aim and make people aware of its importance.

“This year, we are putting kindness in the picture and encouraging people around the world to ‘be human kind’.

“Acts of kindness are all around us and no matter how little, they make a huge difference in people’s lives.

“We believe that acts of kindness have the power to spark a ripple effect, to multiply, to spread across communities, countries and the world.

“This day is an opportunity for us to unite in our unwavering commitment to a common humanity.

“Our commitment mandates us to advocate for the world’s most vulnerable people, wherever they may be,” Nwokolo further said.

He recalled that in the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic, armed conflicts, climate crisis and climate-related disasters, environmental degradation and food insecurity hit the world’s most vulnerable groups hard.

He argued that many lacked the means and resources to adapt, hence the need for people to extend acts of kindness to them to make them smile and live again.

The branch Secretary of the society, Mr Tony Udegbu, said the day is used to celebrate the principles of the International Red Cross Movement and selflessness of volunteers, whose life-saving services ensure that their commitment to humanity is sustained.

Udegbu regretted that the spirit of volunteering was gradually dying and attributed the development to the nation’s economic situation.

He opined that many prospective volunteers had proven to be only interested in what they could get.

“Every May 8 is celebrated as World Red Cross Day, when we commemorate the anniversary of the Founder of the International Red Cross Movement, Sir Henry Dunant, who was born on this day in 1828.

“This year, we will be celebrating with our brothers and sisters in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and communities across the state.

“This we plan to achieve through visitations, provision of relief materials, free medical outreaches, community sensitisations and provision of psycho-social support services.

“We are extending our love and acts of kindness to these vulnerable group and encouraging people around the world to believe in the power of kindness and be human kind.

“None of these would have been possible without the kindness of our more than 14,000 community-based volunteers.

“These unstoppable heroes, who relentlessly build stronger resilience in communities through timely response to humanitarian needs, we also celebrate today,’’ Udegbu said.

He said that the state branch of the society needed financial support to be able “to reach out more to those in dire needs of our intervention”.

“We call on well-meaning individuals, institutions and corporate bodies to join, volunteer and support the Red Cross Society in our selfless service to humanity,’’ he said. (NAN)

Red Cross solicits funds to carryout humanitarian services

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