16 May 2012

Gambia: World Red Cross Day Observed in Urr

Basse, Urr — The Basse Red Cross Branch in Upper River Region (URR) Saturday converged on Basse to observe World Red Cross Day on the theme 'Youth on the Move'. The celebration started with a March past of volunteers and their counterparts from the Red Cross links of Gabou in Guinea Bissau, from the Red Cross Branch office in Basse up to the Youth Centre.

Addressing the gathering, Momodou S Jallow, the deputy governor of URR recalled that in 2009, youth representatives on behalf of young Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers worldwide made the Solferino Declaration, a commitment to do better and reach further in service to the vulnerable people. He said based on their commitment, youths around the world continue to make a significant impact in their communities.

He continued: "In this year's celebration, we call upon young volunteers to advance the ambitions of the Solferino Declaration, to continue to make their communities stronger by taking action in one of the three areas, that is helping communities better prepare for disaster and emergencies, increasing awareness to health care or raising awareness during armed conflict and other emergencies and also building a culture of non-violence and peace in the face of major world challenges, such as climate change, conflict and violence, urbanisation and migration, and young people everywhere should show that they want to be part of the solution."

Jallow also urged the governance of the branch to implement the youth policy presented at the 2011 statutory meetings and to embrace and empower young people to fulfill leadership roles as true leaders in the national society.

For his part, Dawda Sankareh, the branch officer of URR noted that URR is one of the most vulnerable region in The Gambia in terms of disasters and thishas seriously affected many communities in the region. He recalled that in 2011, the URR Red Cross Branch focused more on capacity building and the implementation of the convention project for community empowerment and development and also on improving its already existing bilateral relations and sharing experiences with the other branches of the national society and partners in the region.

Lamin Gasama, the dissemination coordinator of the Gambia Red Cross Society and Alhagie Bah, the vice chairman of the Basse Red Cross Branch office in URR,also expressed similar sentiments.

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