World Red Cross Day was celebrated here today at Raj Bhawan, Shillong

Shillong, May 08: World Red Cross Day was celebrated here today at Raj Bhawan, Shillong which was attended by Governor, Meghalaya and President, Indian Red Cross, Meghalaya Branch, Tathagata Roy and Minister, Health & Family Welfare, GoM, A L Hek among others.

Addressing the gathering Governor, Meghalaya, Tathagata Roy said that as the Red Cross Society is all set to celebrate it 100 years in 2020 he called upon all to volunteer their services towards the Red Cross Society and contribute their time and resources towards humanitarian causes through the Red Cross Society.

He also informed that the State Branch of the Red Cross has been providing awareness and giving training on First Aid and disaster management while teaching its members to take care of their own personal health. The Governor also assured all assistance and support for the Centennial celebrations of the Red Cross next year.Earlier, the Governor also distributed certificates to the Life Members of the Red Cross Society of the State.

World Red Cross Day, alternatively known as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, is annually observed on May 8, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swiss businessman Henri Dunant, whose efforts led to the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, adoption of Geneva conventions and creation of the iconic Red Cross symbol.

The 2019 theme chosen is ‘Love’ and aims to broaden the public’s understanding of the society by highlighting the diversity and universality of its work and approach. Students and Junior Red Cross volunteers presented songs, dances and skits to mark the celebration.

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