Sep 25, 2010 News
The Guyana Red Cross Society certified 21 residents of Bartica and surrounding areas, resulting in an increased number of persons in Region Seven, now certified in Red Cross Standard First Aid. The event was held from September 17 to September 19 at the Lions Den, Second Avenue, Bartica.
According to Communications Assistant of the Guyana Red Cross Society, Kerensa Singh, in Bartica, persons were given a chance to benefit from First Aid Training.
Singh said that 21 residents of Bartica and surrounding areas, and four residents from the village of Kuru Kuru participated.
She added that too many people are at risk from situations that threaten their capacity to live with a minimum of socio-economic security and human dignity. And the Guyana Red Cross works with other national societies all over the world to improve the lives of vulnerable people by “mobilizing the power of humanity.”
Singh further disclosed that with the aim of fulfilling its mandate, the GRCS operates in four core areas – disseminating and promoting of its humanitarian principles and values, health and care in the community, disaster preparedness and disaster response.
The GRCS currently has branches in Regions One, Four, and Nine, and just recently organised a Red Cross (RC) unit in Region Seven. Red Cross Branch Development is of vital importance in building resilient communities.
Dorothy Fraser, Secretary General of GRCS, noted that volunteers will also have the opportunity to take full ownership and to be responsible for working closely with other regional initiatives including resource development initiatives, providing leadership and development for RC youth programmes. Regional Chairman, Holbert Knights, expressed satisfaction of the network developed through the first aid training conducted and the Red Cross unit organised.
Facilitator of the training, Norma Hamilton, noted that GRCS is open to all individuals, who can find in the Red Cross “space” in which to come together to exercise their responsibility to assist others and find solutions to community problems.
The mobilization of beneficiaries, volunteers and donors is the manifestation of that responsibility.
By working in this way – “mobilizing the power of humanity” – the Guyana Red Cross empowers people, promotes cooperation and lasting peace.
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