Red Cross Day celebrated with fanfare

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 8: World Red Cross Day 2012 today witnessed a colourful function at Red Cross Auditorium, Kachi Chawni, organised by Regional Red Cross Society, Jammu, to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of its founder ‘Sir Henry Dunant’.
The chief guest of the function was Divisional Commissioner, Pardeep Gupta, while the function was presided over by Director, Health Services, Jammu, Dr Madhu Khullar.
The theme of this year was ‘youth on the move’.
The program started with flag hoisting of Red Cross at Red Cross Bhawan, Jammu by the chief guest along with Dr Madhu Khullar, which was followed by lighting of ceremonial lamp to pay homage to Sir Henry Dunant.
The students of Shangrilla Higher Secondary School presented the some patriotic songs while Government Girls Higher Secondary School Satwari presented a skit on the life of Henry Dunant.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest lauded the humanitarian services being rendered by the Regional Red Cross Society, Jammu and stressed the need to enroll more and more Red Cross Volunteers to ensure timely help to sufferers during any natural calamity. Later awards were presented to the volunteers, sponsors, institutions and NGOs who had extended whole-hearted support to Regional Red Cross during the last year.
Meanwhile, the World Red Cross Day was also celebrated at Government Centre Basic School, Purani Mandi, by the District Red Cross Society and paid floral tributes to Sir Jean Henry Dunant, the founder of Red Cross Movement.
Chairman, District Red Cross Society, Jammu, and DC Jammu, Sanjeev Verma was the chief guest who hoisted the flag of Red Cross.
Besides chief guest, many other dignitaries attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest lauded the role of Indian Red Cross Society for its philanthropic services in the country. Later on he presented mementos and certificates to the contingent of 12 students and 2 counselors who had participated in the National Youth Exchange Programme at Amritsar.
Besides, three motorized scooters were distributed among three handicapped persons, books and uniforms were distributed among orphan children and checks worth Rs 50,000 were disbursed among the poor persons.
The function concluded with distribution of light refreshment among the participants.