World Red Cross Day was observed at Raj Bhawan today. Dr. Sadhana Thakur, Chairperson, H.P. Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section and Member, National Red Cross Managing Committee, other Members and office bearers of State Red Cross Society and H.P. Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section pinned up Red Cross flags to Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, who is also the President of H. P. State Red Cross Society at Raj Bhavan here today to mark the occasion.
The theme for this Year’s World Red Cross Day was ‘Be Human Kind’. The Governor also made his contribution towards the Red Cross Society on the occasion.
Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar stressed upon the role of youth in strengthening the movement. He urged the people to donate generously towards the Red Cross for creating a sustaining resource pool to carry forward its humane activities like providing financial assistance to diseased, people affected by various natural calamities which would contribute towards saving precious lives in future.
The Governor also congratulated all the members and volunteers of the Indian Red Cross Society, Himachal Pradesh for their tireless efforts which have gone a long way in strengthening the Red Cross Movement in the State.
World Red Cross Day was observed on 8th May every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sir Henry Dunant, who founded the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in 1863 to protect human life and to alleviate human suffering.
Students of Portmore and Saraswati Vidya Mandir schools also took out a rally on the occasion to generate awareness about the Red Cross among the people.
Sanjeev Kumar, Secretary State Red Cross Society, Members of H.P. Red Cross Society and Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section, officers of Raj Bhawan were present among others on the occasion.
Later, Dr. Sadhana Thakur, Chairperson, H.P. Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section and Member, National Red Cross Managing Committee inaugurated a blood donation camp organized by State Red Cross Society at Red Cross Bhavan, Shimla on the occasion of World Red Cross Day.