APM inaugurates Red Cross Flag Week: Asks for spirit of volunteerism among Malawians

Malawians should embrace the spirit of volunteerism at all levels of society if the country’s governance aspects are to benefit everyone, says President Arthur Peter Mutharika.

Mutharika with the Red Cross Certificate

Mutharika with the Red Cross Certificate

President Mutharika welocmes members of Red Cross

President Mutharika welocmes members of Red Cross

State House photo opportunity with President Mutharika

State House photo opportunity with President Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika meets Malawi Red Cross Society officials during the inauguration of 2016 Flag week at Kamuzu Palace on Friday (C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika meets Malawi Red Cross Society officials during the inauguration of 2016 Flag week at Kamuzu Palace on Friday (C)Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika makes his donation to the Malawi Red Cross after the inauguration of the flag week at Kamuzu Palace on Friday (C) Stanley Makuti

President Peter Mutharika makes his donation to the Malawi Red Cross after the inauguration of the flag week at Kamuzu Palace on Friday (C) Stanley Makuti

He was speaking on Friday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when he officially launched the 2016 Red Cross Flag Week.

Mutharika said Malawi and the world at large are in a better place today because of some of the work that humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross movement carried out among the communities.

The President said he was greatly pleased with the role that Malawi Red Cross Society was doing in improving lives of vulnerable people in the country despite its numerous challenges.

“Last year we experienced extensive flooding in a number of districts and Red Cross successfully supported the victims. However, I am informed that the Society is facing many financial challenges in carrying out its humanitarian work in the country.

“This is attributed mainly to two things: the world financial crisis that has affected most donors, and the withdrawal of government funding to the Malawi Red Cross Society in 1994.

“Let me therefore appeal to all Malawians, to please begin to volunteer your time, resources, or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, for the sake of others, for our umunthu,” the President said.

In his speech the President described volunteering as one sure way of serving humanity.

“ Volunteering is at the heart of governance and good citizenship. I therefore appeal to all Malawians, to please begin to volunteer your time, resources, or talents for charitable, educational, or other  worthwhile activities, for the sake of others, for our umunthu. If we have many volunteers in our villages and towns, we will be responding better when there is need for intervention,” said President Mutharika who is Malawi Red Cross Society Patron.

He hailed Red Cross for its unceasing contribution to humanitarian endeavors since the year 1863.

The Red Cross, the world’s largest and oldest humanitarian organization, was founded in 1863 by a Geneva businessman, Henri Dunant, in response to the suffering of injured soldiers abandoned on the battlefield of Solferino in northern Italy.

Since then, it has grown to become the largest humanitarian organization in the world with millions of volunteers and employing thousands of workers across the world.

In Malawi Red Cross was formed as a national humanitarian society by Act of Parliament number 51 of 1966 and has over the years helped vulnerable societies mainly during natural disasters such as floods.

The theme for this year’s flag week is “Humanity everywhere for everyone

Levison Changole, President of the Malawi Red Cross Society said the organization has been able to reach to  over 1 million people  where it has managed to build stronger communities through community based health care, water sanitation and hygiene, first aid  as well as disaster risk management.

Changole said, if well supported, the organisation could go beyond the numbers and reach out to every needy Malawian.

“We are financially constrained but if we could be given enough resources am sure that we can go far and beyond,” he said.

The Red Cross President then appealed to the Malawi leader to direct government to resume annual subvention so that it can amicably responds to the national calamities and reach out to the needy.

Mutharika then assured that government will look into the matter.

President Mutharika – a long serving member of Red Cross himself-noted the challenges the organization is facing and called upon stakeholders to offer a helping hand.

The President kick-started the fundraising by donating to Red Cross K1 million. –Additional reporting by Solister Mogha, Mana

 

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dikisan
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dikisan
4 months 18 days ago

This is Malawi. I think you know better than I do.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
4 months 19 days ago
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME.I remember back early in the 60s,the mettle of self-reliance was embraced by the people of Malawi from South to North and from East to West with a sense of unwavering tenacity.As soon as Banda began to intoxicate with absolute power,that led him to greed and finally amassed unprecedented financial and material wealth,leaving the people to scavenge for themselves,ultimately the momentum of self-help spirits waned drastically.Now with the coming of the new leadership with a sense of selfishness and one take all,the people of our country feel utterly depraved and left to perish in an everlasting inferno,while… Read more »
Bwande
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Bwande
4 months 21 days ago

Selflessness should start with the ruling elite. Think of your huge convoys, banquets, abuse of MBC, abuse of public resources, your UN entourage, etc. With these in mind it’s hard to expect volunteerism, let alone patriotism. What you are saying is true but change has to start from the top. It has to be evident. It’s possible. Let’s change

Buyelekhaya
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Buyelekhaya
4 months 21 days ago

Paja lero ndi lachisanu. Ndangowonera mphashayo!

Jahan
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Jahan
4 months 21 days ago

This guy is VERY stupid. How does he expect all ordinary Malawians to be so selfless and self giving when he can’t even hold to account any of his ministers who are abusing their positions for their own benefits! He is sending Chakuamba and all the rich to international hospitals while public hospitals are languishing with no medication! Yet he expects us to be “eager to volunteer” on stupid works while i have to worry about my next meal and whether my child will find the next medication! Screw you and shove your advise!

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