Posted on May 10, 2013

Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) celebrated the International Day for Humanitarian Movement at Ritz-Carlton Doha, the Official Hospitality Partner of QRC, on Thursday. Several volunteers, government entities and social activists gathered at the function to promote the humanitarian value of giving without discrimination or bias.

Talking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of the celebration QRC Secretary General Saleh al Muhannadi said, “QRC’s mission is based on collaboration among volunteers, doctors, medical camps and mobile hospitals in addition to our partners in the Ministry of Interior, the Civil Defence and the Supreme Council of Health.” Muhannadi added, “For example, both the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are collaborating with QRC. We work together for the benefit of those, who need our services.

“Apart from offering medical services, which is our basic objective, we also aim at educating people about volunteerism and the art of giving”. QRC, which started its mission in Qatar 35 years ago, is part of a worldwide humanitarian network of 188 national societies across the world supporting vulnerable people and saving lives during crises.

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In Doha, 1300 QRC volunteers from different nationalities and religions work together for raising awareness and helping people in need, while thousands of its volunteers have a harder mission outside the country, in places such as Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Sudan, Comoros, Indonesia and Niger. 

Commenting on QRC’s presence in Syria, he noted that since the first day of the crisis in Syria, “we believed that a humanitarian disaster was taking place. “We responded to the humanitarian call cooperating with the Syrian Red Crescent, who became our partner in volunteerism. Now, we are happy to have shelter camps and hospitals on the Syrian borders with Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan”.

A short video presentation highlighted QRC’s missions around the world. QRC spent QR 70 million on its missions across the world during the year 2011-2012. The total number of QRC missions include, as many as 106 development projects and 74 relief tasks across the world.

QRC Vice President, Dr Aisha al Mannai said, “Our aim is to entrench the culture of giving. We thank all volunteers especially doctors inside and outside Qatar for their engagement. QRC’s missions are in line with Islam, which preaches humanitarian values.” The celebration was held in the presence of Search and Rescue Officer, Captain Khamis al Mraikhi, who demonstrated the role of the security unit in volunteering and rescue operations during floods, wars and earthquakes in various parts of the world including in Pakistan, Indonesia, Lebanon and Somalia.


source: Qatar Tribune

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