KINGSTON — Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging more young persons to offer their services to the Jamaica Red Cross.
“I urge more of our young people to volunteer through the Red Cross and play a part in improving the welfare of Jamaica and Jamaicans,” he said.
The Governor-General was speaking at a ceremony to launch the JRC's Trust Fund, at King’s House on June 30.
He commended volunteers and leaders who have helped the Jamaica Red Cross to impact the lives of countless persons.
“Since 1948, the (Jamaica) Red Cross has been and continues to mobilise volunteers to improve the lives of those most in need. The organisation is a shining example of what is good about Jamaica,” he said.
The Governor-General argued that despite the country’s economic setbacks and challenges, “as a nation, we must continue to care for the vulnerable and less fortunate among us, for that is what real living is all about. It is how much we share our lives with others."
“I believe that if each of us contribute in whatever way we can, large or small, the seeming financial obstacles in bringing assistance to those who are in need, will be removed. The launch of this Trust Fund is therefore a chance for everyone to join hands with the JRC in caring for our people,” he said.
Chairperson of the Trust Fund, Donna Deidrick said the ideology of the fund is that it should be “adequate enough to ensure that all humanitarian needs are met, encompassing all Jamaicans, leaving no one behind, especially in the instance of a natural disaster."
“We are looking forward to you, corporate Jamaica, for your financial assistance to make this a reality, and I am sure that you will feel a sense of personal gratification and proud to know that you are among the contributors in making this worthy and charitable cause possible,” she said.
The Jamaica Red Cross, which is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has a mandate to improve the lives of vulnerable people by developing capacity, mobilising critical resources and promoting humanitarian activities.
By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter