Gilgit – 7 May 2012 (PR): Pakistan Red Crescent Society Gilgit-Baltistan (PRCS GB) in collaboration with its movement partners is celebrating World Red Cross Red Crescent Day on 8 May, to recognize the contributions of young people and encouraging their continued action and leadership under the global theme, “Youth on the move”.
In solidarity with the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society Gilgit-Baltistan hosts various progammes on occasion at regional level. The event is part of a global Movement effort to take action and make a difference in helping communities better prepare for disasters and emergencies, addressing inequitable access to health care or lack of security preventing swift delivery of health care in war and other emergencies, building a culture of non violence and peace.
“Young people have a critical role in helping the Red Cross Red Crescent reach the most vulnerable. They also have an important role to play in building healthy communities,” explained Asif Hussain chairman PRCS Gilgit-Baltistan. He said half of the 13 million Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers worldwide are young people. The PRCS GB contributes 7000 of this total figure, and the Red Cross Red Crescent recognizes the important value they bring to our communities, by leading positive change on a daily basis.
“Without our young people, we could not achieve what we do as a Movement,” stated Ghulam Abbas, PRCS GB provincial secretary. “At PRCS we empower young people to continue to fulfill leadership roles so they can do more, do better and reach further in service to the most vulnerable. He said the achievements made during pre and post disasters by PRCS selfless volunteers in the field of relief operation, camp management and health and hygiene are worth quotable.”