ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Monday celebrated International Volunteer Day under the theme ‘Volunteer now for our common future’ to recognise tireless work and efforts of volunteers all across the globe. 

Chairman PRCS Abrar-ul-Haq, Vice Chairman Asif Bajwa, Member Managing Body Brig (Retd) Abdul Hadi, Secretary General Dr Adeel Nawaz, PRCS staff, representatives from ICRC and IFRC, volunteers, students from various institutions and representatives from media houses were present on the occasion.

To highlight the importance of the role of youth as agents of change, A Red Talk Session was held. The panellists of the talk included representatives from PRCS, ICRC and IFRC who shared their views on the theme of IVD celebration and upon the contribution of volunteers as an essential component to eradicate poverty, hunger, illiteracy, mitigate disasters, and achieve SDGs, which will contribute to prosperity of Pakistan at large.  

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PRCS said that volunteers could play an effective role in mitigating the sufferings of the vulnerable communities through their engagement in different humanitarian issues, be it the blood donation, disaster response, distribution of food and non-food items among deserving families, provision of psycho-social support to communities, awareness drives on health issues, promotion of health and hygiene practices, cleanliness drives, and climate change initiatives etc. 

Later addressing a press conference on PRCS COVID response interventions and future initiatives, Chairman PRCS briefed the media persons on PRCS contribution in mass vaccination drives. 

PRCS has administered more than 500,000 vaccinations in the centre and through door-to-door vaccination campaign. PRCS has provided 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines to government of Pakistan and another 2 lac vaccines will be provided soon.

Similarly, the PRCS has provided over 19000 hygiene kits to the communities in 16 different districts of Pakistan.  Moreover, 262 hand sanitizing booths and 458 hand washing stations have been installed at different public locations to promote good hygiene practices to limit the spread of the disease.