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Weah declares World Red Cross Month

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President George Manneh Weah over the weekend issued a Proclamation declaring Monday, 1 May through the 31st as World Red Cross Red Crescent Month and, May 8, 2021, As World “Red Cross Red Crescent Day,” to be observed throughout Liberia as a Working Holiday.

The Proclamation further ordered and directed all civic and voluntary organizations and Government Agencies concerned to fully participate in such programs as planned by the Liberia National Red Cross Society to make the occasion more meaningful and rewarding.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Proclamation further requested and called upon all persons residing within the territorial limits of the Republic to observe the month-long event. The release stated that this year’s World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day will be observed under the theme: #Unstoppable # Inarretable # Imparable.

The Proclamation also noted that the World Red Cross Red Crescent has been committed to rendering relevant and timely services to distressed and needy people throughout the world in times of trouble, sickness, war, natural calamity, and other forms of disasters.

For more than 100 years now, the devoted volunteers of the Liberian Red Cross have responded to challenges in the various counties, districts, and communities with compassion and generosity; and in times of disaster, they deliver humanitarian relief, save lives, and offer hope for a brighter tomorrow, the Proclamation observed further.

The release stated that in this rapidly changing world, young people will lead positive change as recent surveys indicate that half of the 17 million Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers in more than 190 Countries are youth who are innovators embracing new ideas and technologies faster than any generation before them, thousands of whom worldwide have been trained as peer educators in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

According to the proclamation, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is there for everyone, with neutrality and impartiality; it offers hope and support, thus acts as a force for positive change in communities when it is needed the most, the release stated that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement including the Liberian Red Cross aim to broaden the public understanding on the diversity of its work and the universality of its approach and to harness the power of emotion felt towards the Movement.

It is using a simple call to action to generate, either the feeling or understanding that the Red Cross and Red Crescent network is unparalleled.

“It is present everywhere, providing support to the most vulnerable in all contexts from large scale disasters, challenging conflict situations, to remote and hard to reach areas where no other aid organization has access to”, the release stresses.

The Proclamation says thousands of youths worldwide have been trained as peer educators in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

For more than 130 years, the devoted volunteers of the Liberian Red Cross have responded to challenges in the various counties, districts, and communities with compassion and generosity, and in times of disaster; they deliver humanitarian relief, save lives and offer hope for the brighter tomorrow and their service has meant so much to many, the release stated.

The release also recounted that since 2020, one in every 12 people around the world received some form of help from either the Red Cross or Red Crescent, adding “from in-person psychosocial support to seeing a social post with COVID-19 information.”–Press release

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