President of the Brazilian Red Cross will carry the Olympic torch

تم النشر: 14 يوليه 2016 21:10 CET

By: Jorge Velloso // Photos: Ceara branch

President of the Brazilian Red Cross, Rosely Sampaio will carry the Olympic torch, on July 14, in Curitiba. She will represent more than 15,000 volunteers that the centennial humanitarian institution has in the country and the millions of Brazilians benefited from various programs and campaigns, mainly in natural disasters times. "I'm flattered to be able to represent the entire group of volunteers in this event of global importance that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, site of our headquarters," said Rosely Sampaio.

The selection of the president came from the contact made by the International Olympic Committee to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. The history of Rosely Sampaio in CVB is exemplary. Being very young, she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer in the 1980s. In 2006, she was one of the founders of the Rio de Janeiro branch, where she held management positions before being elected national president of the institution that has 21 state branches and dozens of municipal branches across Brazil.

Always focusing on humanitarian aid, the Brazilian Red Cross operates in several projects related to sports. For example, there is judo program for social inclusion of children, in the branch of Ceará, which also launched a campaign to collect wheelchairs for disabled people with an unusual parachute jump with a wheelchair. The Iguaba Grande (RJ) branch, promotes soccer teams, indoor football and Fut 7, where future athletes are formed. The volunteers of the health team in Sao Paulo, participate in the Cup of Refugees.

The Brazilian Red Cross is one of the 190 National Societies members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Founded on December 5, 1908, it is set up in the bases of Geneva Conventions, of which Brazil is a signatory. It is a civil association, nonprofit, of philanthropic nature and independent, declared by the Brazilian government to deliver international public service, voluntary help, auxiliary to the public authorities. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, without distinction of race, religion, social status, gender or political opinion.