‘Imbibe volunteerism spirit to enhance nation building’

Samuel Addo, the General Secretary of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has tasked the citizenry, particularly the youth to imbibe volunteerism spirit for humanitarian work to support the vulnerable in society in times of emergency and disaster towards nation building.

“The voluntary service of young people is critically required to bring good health, security and doing something good for humanity freely without resource or expecting any payback,” he noted and however, expressed concern about some people killing the spirit of volunteerism necessary for championing a national cause.
Mr Addo, who made the call in Wa at the launch of the 90th anniversary of Red Cross in Ghana, was celebrated on the theme, ‘Find the volunteerism inside you, together for humanity’ appealed to the government, corporate bodies and individuals to have GRCS in mind and provide them with resources, assistance and support to help the humanitarian societies deliver on their mandate to the citizenry.

He stressed on the youth to inculcate the volunteerism spirit to help discharge humanitarian services for the better cause of humanity and national development and cohesion, societal progress and growth.

Dr Hafiz Bin-Sallah, the Upper West Regional Minister, in a speech read on his behalf, applauded the Red Cross Society for over the years contributing immensely to the development of the region and the country at large and charged the citizenry to develop the consciousness of volunteerism for the development and growth of societies.

“Youth volunteers of GRCS must rise up to strengthen existing Red Cross clubs in educational institutions and start new clubs to inculcate the spirit of volunteerism into the youth,” he noted.

Bernard Mornah, the National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), highlighted the crucial role GRCS played in society to saving lives in times of disasters saying, “The training of volunteers has helped communities to continue to exist because when you see that disaster has occurred, it is obvious without GRCS the disaster will have eventually consumed a wide range of them”.

“Our youth must be lauded for volunteering to enroll into the Ghana Red Cross Society to contribute their quota in delivering humanitarian services to disaster victims,” he said. –GNA

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