Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Friday organized a candle lit vigil to express solidarity with the victims of Naltar Copter crash.
The ceremony was attended by Japanese and Argentinian ambassadors, representatives of Civil Society, Movement Partners, Sister National Societies, staff, volunteers of the PRCS, students of madras and people from all walk of lives.
PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi speaking on the occasion said the ceremony meant to show the world that the entire Pakistani nation was standing by the bereaved families.
He said that the PRCS is deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives of the ambassadors of Philippines, Norway, the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian Ambassadors and valiant officers of Pakistan Army and all others who lost their lives in heli crash.
PRCS Secretary General Ghulam Muhammad Awan on the occasion said that the candle vigil is a just token of love and appreciation for the heli crash victims. He said that PRCS is focusing on First aid to the students of school and colleges while a programme is being launched to register blood donors, first aiders and volunteers all over the country to cope with any emergency situation.
The participants of the ceremony prayed for the departed souls and expressed their grief and sorrow on the tragic incident.
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President Mamnoon Hussain on Wedesday said that Pakistan being the disaster-prone country needs trained community volunteers to cope with the natural and man-made disasters and asked the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to set a target of one home one volunteer all over the country.
The President was addressing a ceremony at the PRCS NHQ held in connection with World Red Cross/ Red Crescent Day which is being observed all over the world under the theme Our Principles in Action.
Addressing the ceremony, Mamnoon Hussain said selflessness is the very spirit of volunteerism and it must be flourished under the teaching of Islam and every volunteer should follow the USWA of Holy Prophet (PBUH) who not only cared for his fellows but also those who were against him. Over the last several decades, the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have provided assistance to millions and millions of vulnerable people of the world. The volunteers of PRCS have also contributed immensely during times of disasters and they do so with a singular aim of helping those in need, being the first to reach the scene of disaster and the last to leave.
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The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in collaboration with Punjab administration will carry out first aid training and blood screening of the government officials all over the province besides spearheading the polio campaign including the madrais students as per the Charter of Humanity, signed between PRCS and Ittehad Tanzeemat Madaris Pakistan.
This was decided at a meeting held between Punjab Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal and a delegation of Red Crescent headed by Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi.
The meeting was attended by Inspector General of Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera, Secretaries of Local government, Auqaf, Health, Home Department, Directors Generals of Civil Defence and Rescue 1122.
PRCS Managing Body Members Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami, Qamar uz Zaman, Ms Neena Akbar, Umar Saif and PRCS Punjab Branch Vice Chairman Faridud Din Ahmed and Secretary General Dr Mahboob Sardar were also present on the occasion.
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As a part of Charter of Humanity between Pakistan Red Crescent Society and Ittahad Tanzemat Madris Pakistan (a representing body of all religious school of thoughts) has provision of first aid training and blood screening to the staff and of Madrassah Dar ul Uloom Nidvatul Ulema, Islamabad.
As a first step, over 500 staff and students are being given first aid training to respond to any incident in the area and there screening was made and the students were informed about their blood groups.
PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi speaking on the occasion said that as a part of Charter of Humanity, the PRCS has started training of the madaris staff and students as they can play an important role in day to day incidents and during major disasters.
He said that this is the first badge and these students will also serve as trainers in the future and will reach each mosque and madrassah even at village level to train the staff and students of local mosques and madaris.
Dr Saeed Elahi said that PRCS will also provide First Aid box to each mosque and madrassah to respond to any eventuality in their specific areas.
Dr Saeed Elahi said that eminent scholars, Khateebs and students will part of the anti-polio campaign and will administer the polio drops in their respected areas.
Mufti Muhammad Saeed, the head of Madrassah Dar ul Uloom Nidva tul Ulema thanked the PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi for focusing on the madaris students to trained them in first aid and their blood screening.
Mufti Saeed said that these steps will surely create awareness among the madaris students and certainly contribute positively towards the betterment of the Society.
He said that the students of Madrassah Nidva tul Ulema will be the blood donors of the PRCS and will donate blood regularly besides taking part in the health related campaigns.
The students and staff of the Dar ul Uloom also appreciated the training and blood screening as many of them said that they were unaware of their blood groups and first time they were able to know about their group.
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