Nagaland observes World Red Cross Day

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/8/2019 11:52:34 AM IST

Nagaland on Wednesday joined the international community in observing the World Red Cross Day (WRCD) at Red Cross Conference Hall, here on the theme “What you love about Red Cross.” WRCD marks the birth anniversary of Jean Henry Dunant, the founder of Red Cross.

Speaking on the occasion as special guest, advisor rural development Dr. Neikiesalie Kire appreciated the Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland (IRCSN) for coming forward and contributing in times of disasters, saying they could do more for the society.

Dr.Kire also suggested that the society could play an active role in the disaster preparedness to the community by giving training and sensitisation programmes.

Kire expressed the view that through preparedness major catastrophic disasters could be prevented.

Expressing concern over HIV&AIDs prevalence in the state, Kire pointed out that the society could contribute for prevention of HIV&AIDS by interacting and educating the people especially the youths.

Kire said that IRCS being a voluntary organisation does not expect rewards and awards for what they do or have done, adding that they would be “rewarded handsomely by God Almighty.”

“If you have a heart, love and concern for your fellow beings then you are a real human being and already a member of the Red Cross even if you are not registered,” he said.

On the occasion, Kire urged the members present not to discriminate when extending help and services to the people, and to be always ready to offer help anytime, anywhere.

Earlier, in his welcome address, IRCS Nagaland state branch general secretary Dr. Kepelhusie Terhüja said that there was a need to change the behavioural attitude and the culture of violence to non-violence in the State.

IRCS Nagaland state branch chairperson Abeni TCK presided over the function, special song was presented by students of Mt. Sinai Higher Secondary school and Holy Family Higher Secondary School while vote of thanks was proposed by Helena Yepthomi, member managing committee, IRCSN.

Gov greets IRCSN

Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya, on the occasion of World Red Cross Day, wished the Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland State Branch all success and good luck in all their future endeavours.

In his message, Acharya, who is also president of IRCSN, said Nagaland chapter of IRCS, since its inception, has grown and has been rendering humanitarian network in the State by providing humanitarian values, disaster response and health care in the community. 

He said WRCD day gives an opportunity to recognize the amazing work of volunteers and staff who go out rendering selfless humanitarian services and saving lives every day. “Red Cross has shown its presence on several occasions since its inception and it will always be present everywhere for everyone with its full service,” governor stated.

Acharya said that this year’s WRCD theme “What You Love About Red Cross” was a guiding mantra for its members, volunteers and staff to express that they were born to love and not to hate each other. 

Longleng: Longleng branch celebrated “World Red Cross Day” at DC’s conference hall under the theme “What you Love, about Red Cross” with deputy commissioner Longleng, John Tsulise Sangtam as the special guest.

Speaking on the occasion, the special guest said Red Cross Society is a voluntary organization where members sacrifice their lives in protecting and assisting the world in times of natural disasters, wars, epidemic diseases etc. He said serving voluntarily in Red Cross Movement was one of the noble jobs that the human being serves on earth. DC called upon the gathering to enhance the dignity of selfless service in protecting the lives of humankind in times of emergency and disasters basing on the fundamental principles of Red Cross Society which includes humanity, impartiality, voluntary and neutrality. He also said that observance of Red Cross Day give people awareness about the organization on how it plays an important role in times of distress.

DC also called upon the members of Longleng District Red Cross Society to be alert and dedicate themselves to serve anywhere and anytime when the situation calls.

While sharing about the love of Red Cross, executive secretary Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA) N. Tialemba Phom said, the activities, vision and aims of World Red Cross society was very much related to Biblical concept where it strives and extends its service for humanity. He said, the activities which the Red Cross Society takes up reflect the Good Samaritan of the Bible where members of the society render sacrificial services voluntarily for the sake of humankind.

Y. B. Angam Phom honorary secretary Red Cross Society Longleng branch highlighted the significance of World Red Cross Day.

Earlier the programme was chaired by Y.B. Angam Phom secretary IRCS Longleng branch, Bible reading prayer led by Mongoi Phom associate pastor Longleng Town Baptist Church and special song presented by students’ of Phom Lempong School Longleng. (Correspondent)

IRCS Dimapur: Dimapur district Red Cross Society celebrated the day with DC Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol, who is also the president of IRCS Dimapur, as special guest and Swami Chinmaynanda Ji Maharaj as guest of honour at Pranabananda Women’s College, Dimapur on May 8.

DIPR reported that, the deputy commissioner highlighted his many years of association with the Red Cross Society at state and national level, saying that the utmost and real joy in life was helping others. He also expressed his concern over the incomplete district Red Cross building which has been left unattended for some time and the immediate need of a hearse to cater to the needs of the society. He further called upon the office bearers to enroll more members in the district.

Speeches were also delivered by guest of honour and president District Citizen Forum, Joseph Lemtur. The programme was chaired by managing committee member, Kuldeep Jain while welcome address and vote of thanks were proposed by chairman, IRCS Dimapur district branch, Chandu Agarwal and honorary secretary, IRCS, Dimapur district branch, K.K. Paul respectively.

IRCS Wokha: World Red Cross Day was held at Wokha at DBHSS Youth Centre on May 8.

According to DIPR report, chairman, IRCS Wokha branch & deputy commissioner, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon, said that the international Red Cross movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 17 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide, formed to protect human life and health. 

Manazir added that the main function of the Red Cross Society was to extend aid to soldier and victims of war, disaster relief, blood collection and to provide community education and outreach. He also said that there were about 112 life members in the district, and expressed the need to spread awareness on this organization for more enrolment. He also urged the board members to deliberate on the improvement in the district.

Honorary secretary, IRCS Wokha, Dr. K. Z. Ovung also highlighted the activities and work undertaken by IRCS Wokha branch during the past five years.

Rev. Dr. Tsanso while dwelling on the theme urged the members to honour the founders of the humanitarian society. 

IRCS Mokokchung: Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Mokokchung commemorated the “World Red Cross Day” on Wednesday, under the theme “What I Love About Red Cross”. About 50 volunteers of the Junior Red Cross members from various schools of the town including the Red Cross members commemorated the day by selling tokens as well organizing a cleanliness drive focusing on plastics and plastic wrappers. (NP)

IRCS Peren: Peren district branch of the Indian Red Cross Society observed the day at Peren town hall, well attended by students and teachers of GHSS, BHSS and All Saints Higher Secondary School Peren apart from representatives from the Zeliangrong Mipui Organization, Peren Town Women Welfare Organization, Peren Town Youth Organization, Peren Dist Referee Board, and Progressive Peren.

A press release from IRCS Peren district branch stated that, IRCS Peren chairman, Albert spoke on the theme and encouraged the students and other participants to experience the joy of giving and helping the needy. He also said that the IRCS Peren dist branch would soon establish Youth Red Cross and Junior Red Cross units in colleges and schools within the district. The programme was chaired by Haideutad, honorary secretary while a prayer was offered by Makeyitei, PGT, GHSS.

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