SALUTING THE FOUNDER

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

The world still being engaged in battle against COVID-19 that has receded to a large extent as of today, therefore this year too on the World Red Cross Day people including the Red Cross Community across the globe continue to remain dedicated on ground in the unprecedented battle against the deadly virus. On this World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, yet again it was time for one and all to recognize the work of all the volunteers and staff who are on the frontline responding to the growing needs of communities affected by the pandemic’s ongoing wave. The theme for this year’s World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day has been aptly chosen as ‘BEHumanKind’. As the COVID-19 pandemic has made things harder for everyone, the world has started appreciating even the smallest acts of kindness. The frontline warriors continue to sow kindness and solidarity around the globe and providing hope and dignity in the midst of despair. The incredible spirit of these volunteers all over the world during this crisis is not only a cause that deserves admiration but also a source of inspiration for others to get involved too. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an opportunity to show our collective gratitude to over 13 million volunteers for their exemplary dedication to the humanitarian cause and the fundamental principles and also to thank them for their kindness, bravery and selflessness. On 8th May this year, we in India in most of the States and Union Territories continue to be closer than ever as we are walking the path towards humanity in the battle against COVID-19 that seems to be at its fag end now. The Red Cross volunteers are working unitedly in this crisis as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has always been there, close to the people who need them most like the present times when hope seems still far out of reach. Despite being involved in battle against Covid-19 Red Cross is today playing its role in the war ravaged Ukraine too. It needs to be recalled that the original intent of the founding fathers of the organization established in the aftermath of 1918 flu pandemic became most relevant when the whole world started its struggle amid COVID-19 crisis that took heavy toll of lives. In such a situation Red Cross contributed to the world with the benefit of its experience coordinating the efforts of major agencies of the world in the interest of mankind. It is pertinent to mention here that despite this year pushing everyone to adapt to new ways of volunteering and working together with communities transforming proximity to vulnerable people and communities, the Red Cross continues to make a difference in people’s lives. Moreover in the times of physical or social distancing, the volunteers of Red Cross learnt to comfort and show solidarity even from far, continuing to create social connections and develop a sense of belonging. This was possible because of the ability of this global organization gained out of its past experience to respond to such crisis. Today people across the world need to realize that no one is safe until we are all safe. As never before, the safety and well-being of everyone had been critical for the safety and well-being of the entire world. Today’s world is in a state of constant upheaval and permanent crisis, but whatever the problem a natural hazard, the climate crisis, conflict or migration, the Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers continue to be visible ambassadors of peace and solidarity and active players in shaping the future of our communities and countries. Today let one and all salute the founder of Red Cross, Henry Dunont and the herculean efforts of the volunteers of this organization to reach out to the most vulnerable ensuring that no one is left behind. It has to be accepted that undoubtedly, Red Cross and its volunteers are needed today more than ever before. Recalling the quote of the founder Henry Dunant, “Everyone can, in one way or another, each in their sphere and according to their strength, contribute to some extent to this good work”, let’s all pledge to work for the betterment of society and humanity in consonance with this year’s theme. This undoubtedly would be the greatest salutation and tribute to Sir Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross.