This year on the 8th of  May 2015, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, which was launched as a global conversation to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the adoption of the Fundamental Principles and their continuing relevance in humanitarian service and also reflected together on the Fundamental Principles in our ever-changing world and their application in today’s humanitarian contexts.

Ghana Red Cross Society with no exception also celebrated the day at the Koforidua Municipality in the Eastern under the same Theme “Our Principles in action”, the National Headquarters joined the Regional Manager, Mr. Theophilus Tackie and his Regional committee as well as the volunteers took part in the activities marking the day.

The Volunteers in the Region embarked on a clean-up exercise campaign at the market square on Saturday 2nd of May 2015, this day however fell on the National Sanitation day in Ghana so the volunteers came out in their numbers to help clean the city.

On the 7th of May 2015 a quiz competition was held and the contesting schools were Oyoko Methodist Senior High School, Pope John Senior High School, Koforidua Technical and Koforidua Ghana Senior High School. Participants were quizzed in the area of First Aid, the History of the Red Cross Society and about the founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant as well as other Health issues such as Ebola and Cholera etc. At the end of the contest Oyoko Methodist emerged the winners of the contest, with Pope John becoming the second runners up.

The next day 8th May 2015 was however climaxed with a durbar at Apenteng Hall at exactly 9.am. The occasion was attended by the queen mother of the New Juaben Traditional Council, The District Chief Executive for New Juaben Municipal, Regional Director of Education and other important guest.
The Secretary General Mr. Kofi Addo in his address to the gathering explained what the Seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross stand for and what it does to help people in every community. He also explained to the gathering as to how Red Cross was founded in the world as well as how it was established in Ghana and its core activities that the Red Cross society does in our community examples are, Disaster Risk Reduction, International Humaniterian Law as areas of sensitization the Military and the Police as well as the general public. First Aid Training and Health Education.

School children from selected schools in the Eastern Region also did a poem recital using the seven fundamental principles.

He assured the entire nation of Ghana Red Cross society support to the vulnerable people in our communities using the Seven Fundamental Principles as a guide to its work diligently and also ensuring that the principles are always adhered to in the discharge of duties to the communities Red Cross operates in or gives relief support to.

Report by:
Louis Okyere
Communications Manager