Lao Red Cross to celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8

Published on May 24, 2013

Lao Red Cross or LRC is inviting members of the public to give blood donations and take part in a walk for health to celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8. According to LRC President Laoly Faiphengyua, The Red Cross in Laos is a civil organisation that works on humanitarian issues under the leadership of the Party and within government guidelines.

Speaking to the local media to mark the special day LRC President Laoly Faiphengyua said The blood donations will take place today from 8am-4pm at the Vientiane-Ho Chi Minh Secondary School in Sikhottabong district, while the walk for health will start on Saturday morning at 5:30 am in Chao Anouvong Park.

According to him, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated every year in honour of Henry Dunant, who founded the International Red Cross Movement. Even when there is peace however, aid is needed to alleviate problems caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, drought, disease outbreaks and the side effects of immigration.

On May 5, 1991, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies gathered to establish the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies or IFRC and combined their networks. There were five founding member societies, namely Britain, France, Italy, Japan and the US. This number has grown over the years and there are now 187 recognised National Societies – one in almost every country of the world.

The Lao Red Cross was established on January 1, 1955 and became a member of the IFRC in October 1957 in New Delhi, India. The Red Cross in Laos is a civil organisation that works on humanitarian issues under the leadership of the Party and within government guidelines.

Its role is to help the government provide relief to victims of natural disasters and underprivileged people and it also works towards the better health of Lao ethnic communities. It actively contributes to the humanitarian movement according to the seven basic principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

To commemorate 150 years of humanitarian action, The LRC President expressed thanks to those who have been involved in this work in the past and welcomed further support from all sectors in response to any crises in Laos in the future.

He urged all staff and volunteers in central and local areas to carry on their humanitarian work and ensure the safety of underprivileged people, while contributing to the country’s social development.

Source: LNTV Lao News