By Red Cross Media:
President of the republic of Malawi Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on Tuesday inaugurated this year’s Malawi Red Cross society flag week with a call to Malawians to embrace the spirit of volunteerism for the development of the nation.
Speaking after being inducted as the Malawi Red Cross Society patron, president Chakwera commended the Society for the humanitarian work being done in all the districts of the country meant to improve lives of the vulnerable people.
“As I speak, Malawi Red Cross is on the ground in all 28 districts responding to covid-19 related needs as well as in disaster affected districts helping our people, “Commented Chakwera.
Dr Chakwera said his government is aware of the financial challenges the society is facing in carrying out its work and that government will assist appropriately.
He further urged the citizenry, particularly the corporate world to make a significant contribution towards humanitarian work. He then led the nation in supporting the society by donating 1 million kwacha
The Malawi leader also called on the nation to consider doing unpaid work for the love of the nation.
“My first act as patron of the Malawi Red Cross is to call on all private companies to stop reneging on their corporate social responsibilities and start taking part in funding humanitarian activities like these, “said the president.
The Society commemorates the flag week on the 8th of May each year in remembrance of the founding father of the Red Cross movement Henry Dunant who dedicated his time and energy to assisting war victims. But due to Covid 19 situation in May it could not do so.
Malawi Red Cross Society President Levison Changole said the society’s main mandate is to among others alleviate human suffering during natural disasters but added their work is hampered by lack of adequate resources.
“Lack of resources continues to hamper our delivery of services in our quest to be first responders during emergencies. The funding we are getting from government is too little compared to huge needs during emergencies”. Explained Changole.
The Minister of Health Honourable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda applauded the Malawi Red Cross for supporting her ministry in many areas including the Covid 19 fight which among others has seen the Malawi Red Cross rehabilitating and equipping five emergency treatment centres at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Dedza, Mzimba, Mangochi and Karonga District Hospitals.
During the flag week, Red Cross and Red Crescent movement volunteers receive donations from the public to enable the society execute its mandate. Malawi Red Cross Society is therefore hoping to raise 60 Million kwacha by the end of the exercise.
The Flag week this year, is being held under the theme ‘Keepclapping for the volunteers and everyone responding to COVID-19.’