Jamir exhorts youth on Red Cross Day

Bhubaneswar: Governor S.C. Jamir has called upon the youth to come forward and help people in need.

Speaking at a programme organized on the occasion of ‘World Red Cross Day’ by Indian Red Cross Society here yesterday, Jamir said, “Red Cross volunteers have always served our society. They have uphold the dignity and provided support to needy. I wish more and more young volunteers would come forward and serve the society.”

He said that the society today faces acute tension, isolation and violence. In such a situation, the world needs to uphold humanity. He also said, “I urge Red Cross to provide critical service in the time of need. During Nabakalebar and Rath Yatra, people from different places will come. I request the volunteers to gear up to provide help who are in need.”

Praising all the endeavours of the organization, Jamir said its unique principles like humanity and neutrality have always motivated the world and will continue to do so in the future also.

Celebrated on 8th May every year, the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) founder and recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize Henry Dunant was born on this day. The occasion is being celebrated worldwide to remember ethos of the mission dreamt by Dunant.

Besides Jamir, School & Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, ICRC-Odisha vice-president Asha Hans and its secretary Chakradhar Panda were present at the programme with the theme ‘Our principles in action’.

Speaking on the occasion, Nayak also praised all the initiatives taken by Red Cross like organizing relief camps, free check-up camps and maintaining blood banks. The minister said, “Till date, there is no alternative to human blood. I am really thankful to Red Cross for maintaining so many blood banks in the State.”

Hans informed the audience how Red Cross volunteers are working rigorously to help the earthquake victims of Nepal.