World Red Cross Day was observed at Raj Bhawan today. Smt Poonam Chauhan, Honorary Secretary H.P.Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section and other Members of Indian Red Cross Society pinned up Red Cross flags to Smt. Urmila Singh, Governor on the occasion. The theme for this Year's World Red Cross Day was ' 150 years of humanitarian action'.Smt Urmila Singh also made her contribution towards the Red Cross Society to mark the Day.
Governor said that it was a moment of pride for this renowned humanitarian organization to celebrate 150 years of its existence this year and added that the whole world acknowledges the immense contribution of the Red Cross towards healing the suffering humanity and providing them succour in the hour of need and distress. She 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. Smt Urmila Singh 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.
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 local schools also took out a rally on the occasion to generate awareness about Red Cross among the people.Smt. Anita Tegta, General Secretary, H.P.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.