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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:00

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: PRC salutes volunteers for bringing smiles to humanity

With a network of two million volunteers, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reaffirmed its commitment to bring smiles to the humanity by helping save lives, in celebration of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2018.

PRC, under the leadership of Chairman Richard Gordon, joins the global celebration of the courage of volunteers and its diverse humanitarian services, such as ensuring the adequacy of blood supply, providing relief, shelter, and livelihood assistance to communities affected by disasters, and upholding the public’s safety and health through its rescue and medical assets.

“Volunteers serve as the organization’s backbone and ensure that whatever the community is living through—a natural disaster, a health crisis, a conflict—we will continue to be the lifeline of the people,” Gordon said.

PRC recently celebrated its 71st year of service, which marks the renewal of commitment to alleviate human suffering and uplifting human dignity. Its services were crucial in assisting the most vulnerable in communities affected by recent calamities such as Mayon volcano’s eruptive activity, the armed conflict in Marawi, and Typhoon Vinta, which almost wiped out a residential village in Mindanao.

In 2017 alone, PRC, anchored on its major services—Disaster Management, Safety, Welfare, Blood, Health, Volunteer, and Red Cross Youth, reached more than 883,616 persons in disaster response and early recovery, 167,556 persons in disaster preparedness, and 657,405 persons through long-term and development programs.

PRC has continuously expanded its logistical capacity, highlighted by the M/V PRC Amazing Grace, a humanitarian vessel that can serve as an ambulance and a disaster response ship.

Every year, around the world, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement supports millions of people affected by conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies through some 14 million volunteers and 450,000 staff.

Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are as diverse as the life-saving services they provide through 190 National Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This local action is supported by the global reach of IFRC, ICRC, as well as partnerships with sister National Societies across the world.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated every 8 May–the birthdate of the Movement’s founder Henry Dunant. It recognizes the bravery and dedication of volunteers and staff members around the world.