The 100 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and members around the world are essential to making sure millions of vulnerable people receive effective, timely, sustainable and appropriate humanitarian assistance, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. That statement marks International Volunteer Day, celebrated on 5 December since 2001.
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation President Juan Manuel Suárez del Toro said. ‘Our humanitarian principles are not just abstract theories. They translate into practical applications and concrete results.’
At the local level, Red Cross volunteers are at the heart of activities to assist the people of the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross has four main programmes. Volunteers can be found working in the thrift shop, in disaster preparedness/disaster response programmes, in First Aid/CPR programmes and in the HIV/AIDS programme.
At the leadership level, volunteers also play a key role on the governing board of the Red Cross.
Volunteers are playing a key role in the community-based approach taken by the Red Cross. Volunteers reflect the diversity of the society on this island.
Volunteering develops within us an understanding of people who are different. It allows us to give of ourselves, share our wealth, and express our human values of community and caring while finding solutions to shared challenges. Volunteering brings people together. Volunteers put volunteerism, one of our fundamental principles as a motivating factor to achieving change in our community. The Cayman Islands Red Cross has 250 volunteers.
With more than half of the active Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers worldwide younger than 30 years old, the International Federation’s 185-member societies recently reaffirmed their commitment to promoting youth and volunteering, improving the recruitment, training and management of their volunteers and giving them a greater voice at the decision-making level in the elaboration of programmes.
For further information, contact Tracey Potkins, volunteer management coordinator, Cayman Islands Red Cross at 949-6785 #29.