Red Cross seeks N200m for disaster relief, community projects

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The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos State Branch, says it needs about N200 million to help carry out the organisation’s operational expenditure requirements and projects.

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The branch Chairman, Mrs Adebola Kolawole, said this at the organisation’s ongoing weeklong event organised by the society to commemorate 2024 World Red Cross Day.

The branch organised activities including sports competitions, thanksgiving and Jumat services, and a walk to mark the anniversary. The theme for this year’s anniversary is, ‘Keeping Humanity Alive.’

Kolawole said the Red Cross had the firm belief that everyone had the power to change the world and keep humanity alive.

“This year’s theme serves as a reminder of the enduring commitment of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to uphold human dignity. Also, to alleviate suffering, extends assistance to people facing dire circumstances, particularly in remote and hard-to-reach areas,” she said.

The chairman said in keeping humanity alive and improving the standards of living for many communities, Red Cross needed funds.

She said the funds would support the society’s work in carrying out community-based children education, health and care activities, and providing emergency response during disaster relief operations.

Speaking on some of the ongoing projects, she said the branch’s community-based clinic took care of medical needs of its community and that of refugees in the state, Oyo state and Ogun.

Kolawole said apart from the mobilisation of voluntary blood donation, the branch also carried out community engagements on diseases including HIV and AIDS, measles, polio and diphtheria.

Highlighting some of the society’s needs, she said the organisation needed support to equip the laboratory in order to better manage ailments.

Others include two ambulances, one pick-up truck, three buses and two salon cars for logistics during disaster response operation and community service programmes.

She urged Nigerians, both individuals and corporate to support the Red Cross in helping to alleviate the sufferings of people.

She thanked the Red Cross volunteers for their services, individuals and corporate organisations for their support to the society.

 

NAN/Wumi

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