Sri Lanka Red Cross Society assures support for those in need

On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, which falls on the 8th of May, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) will be joining a global celebration of the work and bravery of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, and the diverse humanitarian services they offer in communities everywhere.

“Our volunteers live in the communities they support, from the smallest and most remote villages to the largest cities”, said Jagath Abeysinghe, President of the SLRCS. “Our services are tailored for local needs and are delivered in local languages. Today  is  when  the  International  Red  Cross  and  Red  Crescent  Movement  comes  together  to  thank  our  volunteers  who  give  their  time  and  their  expertise  here  in  Sri Lanka  and all  over  the  world”.

The  Sri Lanka Red Cross Society reaches nearly 300, 000 people every year with a range of services tailored to local needs. From disaster management, post flood and recovery assistance, community based health activities, dengue prevention, first aid and restoring family links to the promotion of Humanitarian Values and Principles, it helps  people  to  prepare for, cope with, and recover from crises.

Every year, around the  world,  the  Movement  supports  many  millions  of  people  affected  by  conflict,  natural  disasters  and other  emergencies,  through  its  network  of  around  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.

“Around the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement reaches out to the most vulnerable in all types of contexts – from responding to needs in disaster and conflict situations, to providing assistance in urban centers and remote areas, and advocating on behalf of those in need in policy circles and to Governments”, said Claire Meytraud, head of the ICRC in Sri Lanka. “But our approach is universal, guided at every turn by our Fundamental Principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality”

Gerhard Tauscher, the IFRC representative in Sri Lanka said: whatever  you  are  living  through  – a  natural  disaster,  a  health  crisis,  the  effects  of  conflict  or  violence – we  are  here  to  support  you.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated every 8 May – the birth date of the Movements founder Henry Dunant.  It recognizes the bravery and dedication of volunteers and staff members around the world. 2018 is the 190th anniversary  of Dunant’s birth, mirroring the 190 National Societies providing humanitarian support in communities large  and  small  every  day.