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FYR of Macedonia: Red Cross volunteers shine in 'hour of darkness'

Published: 25 April 2014 17:48 CET

By The Red Cross of the FYR of Macedonia

More than 1,200 volunteers from across The Red Cross of the FYR of Macedonia participated in a global campaign entitled the “Earth Hour”. The main organizers of the campaign proclaimed the Macedonian Red Cross volunteers `the Superheroes of the Planet Earth for the Earth Hour 2014` for their wide appeal.

On Saturday, March 29 all lights went off for one hour across many cities across the FYR of Macedonia. In Skopje too, the Main City Square, the Kale Fortress and the historic Stone Bridge over Vardar River descended into darkness at 8:30 pm.

“Earth Hour” is a global campaign designed to send a strong “save our planet” message by shutting down electricity and street lights for sixty minutes. The initiative represents the biggest global volunteer activity with ecological character.

The Red Cross of the FYR of Macedonia through its branches got actively involved in the campaign in cooperation with “Earth Hour Macedonia”, and with the support of the local self-governments and the Ministry for Environment.

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More than 1200 Red Cross volunteers were involved in the campaign and the activities received great attention from the local media.

When lights went off in Skopje, more than 100 Red Cross volunteers with burning candles formed the symbol ”60+”. The main organizers of the global campaign proclaimed Red Cross of the FYR of Macedonia volunteers `the Superheroes of the Planet Earth for the Earth Hour 2014`.

All of the Red Cross premises in the country were filled with volunteers that formed the same symbol and made photos and videos that were shared through the social media.

The photos and video footages from the actions of the volunteers from the Red Cross of the FYR of Macedonia became part of the global promotion material of the “Earth Hour”.  

“Maybe they don`t have super powers but what they do is bigger than any superhero has ever done!” said George Selkov, a 19-year-old who pioneered “Earth Hour” in the FYR of Macedonia.


 




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