Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has marked the World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, 8 May, under the theme of 'Everywhere for Everyone', together with 189 other National Societies around the world,
Under the Theme of 'Everywhere for Everyone'
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has marked the World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, 8 May, under the theme of 'Everywhere for Everyone', together with 189 other National Societies around the world, under the umbrella of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
QRCS's two-day celebrations involved several events for volunteers. On Saturday, a workshop on self-management was held for 45 participants. In the evening, a group of freshmen held a meeting with a distinguished QRCS volunteer, who talked about his experience as a relief worker.
Another time-management workshop is scheduled for next Saturday. Later, there will be a training course on photography.
Yesterday, QRCS organized a humanitarian parade for 350 staff and volunteers at the Corniche, in coordination with the Traffic Department. The event was supported by Soul Riders bikers and New Special Catering.
In his remarks, QRCS Secretary-General, Mr. Saleh bin Ali Al-Mohannadi, said, "The international humanitarian family is celebrating this occasion everywhere for everyone. This celebration highlights QRCS's humanitarian role and importance in society and the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. We work to provide all support to those in need of help, whether in health care, social, relief, or development activities".
Mr. Al-Mohannadi thanked the Traffic Department for escorting the parade from QRCS's premises to the Sheraton Park, Soul Riders for their participation in the parade, and New Special Catering for its logistical support.
"QRCS is always there in such occasions that serve humanity in general," he concluded.
In a joint statement issued by Tadateru Konoé, President of IFRC, and Peter Maurer, President of ICRC, for all components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, they said, "World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 8 May, is an opportunity to celebrate the bravery and the achievements of the 17 million volunteers and nearly half a million staff members who ensure that we keep our commitment to humanity every day, by being there before, during, and after a disaster, health crisis or conflict. We are local and international, independent and impartial, and we are everywhere for everyone.
"In a complex and increasingly vulnerable world – one that is troubled by health crises, protracted conflicts, migration and displacement, increasing numbers of natural disasters linked to climate change, and a continued threat from nuclear and technological risks – being everywhere for everyone is a growing challenge. Every year, we already reach millions of people with disaster response activities and development and resilience-building programmes, as well as in situations of armed conflict. But as vulnerabilities increase, so will humanitarian needs.
"To continue to be everywhere for everyone we must use our global network to reinforce local capacity. So today, while we celebrate our Movement and its brave and dedicated staff and volunteers, we will also be reflecting on how we can work with individuals, communities and Governments to best support people who need us, reduce their risks and build resilience, and to improve our services and accountability.