Srinagar: World Red Cross Day was celebrated in the state office of Indian Red Cross Society, Jammu &Kashmir branch. The function was presided over by the Additional Director General of Police (Armed) J&K Mr. S M Sahai who inaugurated the function by hoisting the Red Cross flag and opening the photo exhibition.
The theme for this year’s World Red Cross Day ‘My Red Cross Story’ was announced earlier a large number of Red Cross volunteers among other people contributed their Red Cross Stories. On the occasion the four selected stories were presented by the volunteers and they appraised the gathering about their experiences viz –a-viz Red Cross. Three write-ups were awarded with cash Prizes besides mementoes and certificates. All the contributors were awarded with certificates.
Welcoming the guests the Programme Manager IRCS J&K State stressed upon strengthening the Red Cross Movement as the organization is world’s largest humanitarian Movement. He congratulated the participants on the eve of World Red Cross Day.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest, Mr. S M Sahai said that modern societies have evolved to a stage where a need to create institutions for assistance and care is direly felt. He further said that organizations like Red Cross are on the forefront of addressing humanitarian issues confronted by the people . Mr Sahai expressed desire to coordinate the social programmes by the police department with Red Cross to bring synergy and enhance the impact of the activities. In this regard Mr. Sahai sighted example of drug deaddiction programmes being conducted by the J&K Police at various towns across the state.
General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Ms. Roma Wani said that around the world, 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers help to support 180 million people in community programmes and respond to disasters and inspire hope by providing relief in cash and kind to the people affected by any crisis. She further said that whenever humanitarian service is discussed, Red Cross is recognized as a first responder and I am sure our brave volunteers will have many stories to tell of the floods, earthquakes, fire incidents, illnesses, accidents etc. that they have witnessed as helpers and healers of pain.
State Managing committee member Ms Nusrat Indrabi hailed the efforts of General Secretary Ms Roma Wani in rejuvenating the Red Cross Movement in the state.
On this Occasion Team leader ICRC, Ms Beata Skwarska, Secretary Regional Red Cross Society Kashmir, A J Chaket and others spoke on the occasion.
Later rally of volunteers was flagged off by the General Secretary IRCS, Ms. Roma Wani