World Red Cross Day today
The World Red Cross Day will be observed today in the country like elsewhere in the globe with the theme of 'Love'.
The World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year commemorating the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who born in Geneva in the year of 1828.
ICRC aimed to provide relief to the human beings in distress and desolation due to war, food shortage, epidemic diseases or natural calamities. Its celebration is highlighted through a special theme of the year to fulfill the aim of celebration as well as make people aware of its importance.
It also aims to attract more private or governmental organisations to be active members and participate regionally to help needy people suffering from any kind of disaster.
Around 97 million members and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are also honored at this day of being the largest humanitarian network of relief worldwide serving over 170 countries.
Around 240 million people all over the world have become benefited of the free assistance of Red Cross workers. In 1922, peace and relief was given by the Red Cross members to the people affected by the First World War
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion of the day.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BRCS) extends its services to the helpless and poor people, especially during man-made and natural calamities, including cyclone, floods, draught and fire, said the President in his message.
"We hope that the BRCS would continue to expand its services for distress humanity at home and abroad," said President Abdul Hamid.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society has been working across the world for the welfare of the distress people. The Red Crescent Society has been working in Bangladesh for the welfare of the distress people since 1971, she added.
Terming this year's theme 'Love' as time-befitting, she said Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BRCS) has been providing services to people irrespective of caste, creed through uniting them with the bond of love.
Sheikh Hasina said the services of BRCS for welfare of the people have been praised worldwide. The instance the BRCS has set as a government's associate organization by providing humanitarian assistance to forcibly displaced Myanmar's people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh is highly appreciated, she said, adding that BRCS is operating filed hospital and mobile medical camps has been placing notable role in providing these people emergency healthcare services.
"I hope that the BRCS would expand its humanitarian activities in future," the premier added. -BSS