As the International Volunteer Day will be celebrated on December 5 under the theme “Solidarity through Volunteering”, the President of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) has encouraged CRC youth volunteers to implement the national strategic action plan.
This was announced in a letter by CRC president Bun Rany Hun Sen, which was read by Pum Chantinie, secretary-general of the CRC, at a meeting last week. The event was attended by 90 leaders of the General Secretariat and the five departments of the CRC, branch committees, executive officials nationwide and CRC youth.
“The honourary committee and the branch-sub-committee continue to encourage and provide financial support to CRC Youth Volunteers, for the responsible implementation of the four priority areas of the CRC Strategy 2021-2030,” the letter said.
The letter added that volunteers in the community must continue to strengthen their solidarity and cooperate with stakeholders to build community resilience and provide service to the most vulnerable members of society. This should be done in line with the twin mottos of “grassroots action achieving global goals” and “leaving no one behind”.
She encouraged all young people and volunteers to pay special attention to keeping abreast of the latest measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and its variants.
“We must promote and reduce the risks and challenges caused by climate change, crises, and food shortages. As young volunteers, you must act as role models and promote a hygienic environment and a culture of sharing. Friends should educate friends through their behaviour and ethics,” she added.
The CRC president called on all compatriots to continue the culture of helping each other and promoting a love for volunteer work among family and friends. This would provide a solid foundation for strengthening community resilience and would make a significant contribution to national progress and the prosperity of the Kingdom’s people.
Pit Chamnan, member of the Central Committee of the CRC and permanent vice-chairman of the Working Group for Supporting Youth Activities and Volunteers, added that the government’s goal was to turn the country from a medium income nation to one with a high income by 2050.
“In order to achieve this goal, the government – as well as the CRC – is focused on the youth. From one generation to the next, they will become the capable human resources that are the core force we need to achieve our national goals. The progress they make will ensure that later generations will live comfortably and with dignity,” she said.
The CRC re-established the volunteer network in 1992 and the youth network in 1996. The work of strengthening both was crucial to the CRC’s ongoing humanitarian operations, according to Chantinie.