Under the Slogan "Running for humanity", Qatar Red Crescent Celebrates the World Day of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Published: 8 May 2013
Volunteers are taking part in three days of activities to celebrate World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. Qatar Red Crescent Volunteers are taking part in three days of activities to celebrate World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. Qatar Red Crescent

8 May 2013, Doha - Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) and its volunteers are celebrating the 'International Day for the Humanitarian Movement' which occurs annually on the 8 May, an event celebrated almost in every country through their National Societies for Red Crescent and Red Cross. 

For this special occasion, the Qatar Red Crescent invites all community members to attend and participate in the various activities organized by QRC and its volunteers in celebration of this day. Over a course of three days commenced yesterday and ending the night of 9 May 2013. The events organized by QRC volunteers include awareness-raising sessions on the humanitarian values such as peace, preserving human dignity, volunteerism and giving as well as promoting humanitarian actions for the sake of the vulnerable communities. The events also include information-sharing activities about the history of the Humanitarian Movement as well as the mission and objectives of Qatar Red Crescent. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Saleh Al-Muhanadi, QRC Secretary General said: "In celebrating the World Day for the Humanitarian Movement, we celebrate the Humanitarian values of Islam such as kindness, hospitality, volunteerism, peace and human dignity. In our effort to helping vulnerable people, we do that without partiality or prejudice. In all its actions, QRC adheres to the Seven Fundamental Principles of the Humanitarian Movement being Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Unity, Volunteerism, and Universality which are consistent with the Islamic principles that make up the fabric of our community."

The first day activities celebrating the World Day of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement already commenced yesterday took place at Mushaireb Enrichment Center which hosted students from a few elementary schools along with the elder persons residing at Ihssan charity foundation and kids from the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs. 

In the evening of Tuesday, 7 May, volunteers and community members participated in a 500m walkathon to raise awareness about the International Humanitarian Movement with a parade that includes QRC Ambulance Vehicles. Also, QRC set up a site offering free blood pressure and blood Sugar examination for the public, a service that will be offered to the public free of charge over the course of the 3 days celebration.  

On Wednesday 8 May, QRC is visiting Qatar University with the aim to attracting new volunteers by recounting QRC’s mission in humanitarian work both locally and internationally. The evening event on Wednesday will take place at Katara were QRC committed volunteers will set up a booth providing information on the Humanitarian Movement and distributing beverages and snacks on cleaning services workers. Free blood pressure and blood sugar will be conducted to the visitors free of charge. 

The closing day of the celebration will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Official Hospitality Partner of Qatar Red Crescent which will host a series of lectures, presentations, speeches addressing important topics in this occasion.  Speakers are: Mr. Saleh Al-Muhannadi, QRC's Secretary General, Mr. Belal Al Kadry, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Exec. Asst. Manager, Dr Aisha Al-Manai, Vice Chairperson of QRC, Capt. Khamis Al-Morikhi, Search and Rescue Officer.

The event will conclude by honoring a group of QRC volunteering doctors for dedication to saving lives and treating the wounded and needy patients voluntarily during peace and conflicts.

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