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GRCS Celebrates World Red Cross Day

The World Red Cross Day observed or celebrated all over the world by National Societies in different forms and styles, this year the Gambia Red Cross with the volunteer drive campaign in mind, assembles about 200 volunteers in  Central River Region- CRR to commemorate the day. It was  deem necessary to hold this unique event in Central River Region so as to help strengthen the volunteer base of the branch and also create an interactive sessions for volunteers where new ideas and messages could be learned.

On Friday the 6th may 2011 a team of fourteen (14) volunteers including the Volunteer Management Coordinator  and two drivers left headquarters at Kanifing for Bansang (Venue) as the advance team to work on the ground before the arrival of the regional delegations.

On Saturday 7th May 2011, the advance team started their task with a briefing session of the organizing committee members. The VMC of the GRCS introduces the CRR branch officer to the advance team members and local organizing committees. He stressed that only head of committees should request for whatever they need in order to have a channel in doing things. The IEC for the event then started registration of participants from the following branches (Banjul, Kanifing Municipality, West Coast Region, Lower River Region and North Bank Region) at around 1.00 pm followed by CRR North participants then URR participants at 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm respectively. After bath, lunch, prayers and rest, the participants converge at Bansang youth centre for a fund raising show stage by the humanity band of the Gambia Red Cross Society.

The day itself (8th May 2011) began with a briefing session of the regional delegations on   the importance of their participation in all the programmes as they are the driving force towards the success of the events. Samba Touray- the Chairperson of the IEC commission- then distributed the programme guide to all regional representations for them to be at per with the happenings. Comments then followed from regional representatives starting with Cherno Jallow of NBR who wants to know whether the programme guide was sent to all branches especially on the blood donation exercise; Fanding Barrow responded that VMC circulated the program guide to all branch officers through email, telephone and letters. Ismaila Sonko of Banjul Branch observed that there was no interaction among camp participants which according to him needs to be improved.  

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