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World Red Cross Day celebrated across Nagaland

Kohima Red Cross

Dimapur, May 8: Various district branches of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) celebrated World Red Cross Day on the theme “Everything we do comes from the heart” on May 8.
Along with the rest of the world, Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland State Branch, Kohima, celebrated World Red Cross Day at Dr Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima today under the theme “Everything we do comes #fromtheheart”.
In his presidential address, Nagaland Governor said the day is to honour the contributions of millions of volunteers, members and staff of Red Cross who work tirelessly to protect human lives across the world. He said the theme embodies the spirit of the Red Cross, which is built on the seven principles of impartiality, neutrality, humanity, independence, voluntary service, unity and university.
On the theme, the Governor said that it is a powerful reminder that the work of Red Cross is driven by compassion, empathy and kindness. He said people must remember that everything they do from their personal interactions with others comes from the heart. Governor added that it is through acts of kindness and generosity that people can make a positive difference in the world.
The Governor encouraged the gathering to contribute on their own capacities for humanitarian service with the Red Cross Society in order to build a more peaceful and sustainable community to make the world a better place to live in.
Chairman, IRSCN, Abeni TCK expressed happiness that the Red Cross Nagaland has been part of the world wide effort and mission through the numerous activities and conducts regularly. She encouraged everyone to be ambassadors of humanitarian service wherever we may be and be the person that acts from the heart, serves from the heart and loves from the heart.
Akhale V.Khamo, general secretary IRCSN who read out the message from the Secretary General, IRCS, HQ, New Delhi highlighted about the founder of Red cross and urged the people of Nagaland to continue to serve under the International Red Cross Society, keeping in mind the saying ” Service to men is service to God”
Power Point Presentation of activities of IRCSN, Nagaland State Branch, was also presented during the program.

Dimapur Red Cross

Along with the rest of the world, World Red Cross Day was celebrated in Dimapur at the Livingstone Foundation International’s (LFI) auditorium. The event, celebrated in honour of its founder Henry Dunant’s birthday, was graced by DC Dimapur and President IRCS (Dimapur) Sachin Jaiswal as the chief guest, while Andrew Ahoto, Chairman of LFI and Chandu Agarwal, Chairman of the Red Cross, Dimapur District Branch, were the guests of honour.
Addressing the gathering, Jaiswal praised the members of the Dimapur Red Cross managing committee, its members, volunteers, and well-wishers for their selfless service towards humanity through relief activities. He also acknowledged their active role in blood donations for patients in need. Jaiswal called on all communities and tribes to come forward to donate blood, regardless of religion, caste, or creed, to help meet the ever-growing demand for blood.
During his speech, Jaiswal touched upon various issues that are affecting society, including blood donation phobia, social media misinformation, and the importance of unity and empathy during challenging times.
Referring to the recent violence in Manipur and the Russia-Ukraine war, he emphasised the need for people to see beyond tribal and religious lines, as these conflicts have had a significant impact on the lives, careers, and education of many.
Ahoto expressed his sadness over the violence in Manipur and stressed the importance of humanity reigning above all else. He highlighted the need to create awareness among people and schools about blood donation.
Dr. Temsu Lemtur, Blood Centre Incharge at District Hospital Dimapur, provided insight into the need for a blood centre to be operationalized by Dimapur Red Cross, citing the gap between blood donors and the needs of patients across all districts of Nagaland. According to Dr. Lemtur, there are currently three blood centres in Nagaland, collecting about 13,000 units of blood, of which more than 10,000 units are donated in Dimapur alone.
He appreciated the Red Cross for their blood donation campaigns but acknowledged that the three blood centers are insufficient. He expressed hope that the Red Cross would work towards establishing a blood centre in Nagaland and assured them of technical support.
Honorary Secretary Adv. K.K. Paul spoke about the inception of the Red Cross through its founder Henry Dunant in 1863 and emphasised the importance of seeing others as humans, beyond their tribal and religious identities. He also encouraged people to donate blood and mentioned that the Red Cross is a global network of more than 80 million volunteers.
Vice-Chairman Ajay Sethi provided an overview of the prominent relief activities of the Dimapur District Branch since the 1980s under the leadership of various Honorary Secretaries, including J.S. Choudhury, K.K. Paul, Captain Hekiye Sema, and Inaka Assumi, while Chandu Agarwal highlighted the pre-approved destiny with a story in his welcome address.
At Zunheboto, it was observed at DC’s conference hall where Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of IRCS Zunheboto, Rahul Bhanudas Mali said one should always help neighbours irrespective of caste or creed and that it should always come from the heart.
Stating that humans have the ability to reason and make things right, he encouraged everyone to always have a clear conscience. He further added that for making society a better place, the administration and IRCS alone cannot do it and requested everyone to cooperate and help one another.
Secretary of IRCS Zunheboto Dr. G Hokishe Sema delivered the keynote address and explained that Red Cross Day is celebrated every year to honour the birthday of Henry Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and was also a peace laureate.
He further added that supply of relief materials (blankets, clothes, kitchen materials, soaps, etc) to fire victims under Zunheboto will be given in a few days and the team will be visiting the orphanage home at Sukhalu Village to supply blankets soon.
World Red Cross Day was observed at DC’s conference hall, Wokha with ADC Wokha Furhesie Nyuwi as special guest.
Nyuwi said it is celebrated for the remarkable humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross movement and to acknowledge and honour the tireless work of the Red Cross volunteers and staff who dedicate themselves to promote humanity across the globe.
He said everything they do comes from the heart and it is through the power of compassion, empathy, and selflessness that the movement continues to make a difference in the lives of millions. He urged everybody to pledge support to the mission of alleviating suffering and promoting humanity. “May your acts of kindness inspire us all to embrace the true spirit of humanitarianism and create a world where compassion knows no bounds,” he added.
T Penthungo Lotha, Principal of Bailey Baptist College, said in the celebration of the goodness of human beings, everyone should remember the values of compassion and goodwill in society making a small effort to assist someone in need may have a significant impact on the community.
During the programme, Secretary of Red Cross Society Wokha Unit, Dr. KZ Ovung handed over relief materials to nine beneficiaries.
SP Longleng, Dr. Pritpal Kaur was the special guest at the event held at DPDB hall, Longleng.
The special guest in her speech acknowledged the Red Cross Society, Longleng Branch for their wonderful works done since 2004. She also said the Red Cross Societies in every State have a different scenario.
Kaur appealed to the students to always be ready to make themselves available to the needy which is the main objective of the organisation. She also said the definition of war has changed, unlike before, war won’t come around holding guns, but it will come in the form of laziness, alcohol, drugs etc. which she said must be eradicated from the society. She urged upon the students to keep on doing the good works.
During the occasion, the special guest also inducted students from five schools as members of Jr. Red Cross Society Longleng.
(Page News Service)