The Liberian National Red Cross (LNRCS) on Friday observed the International Day of the Red Cross with recognition and appreciation of corporate entities, including ExxonMobil for its support during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
In September 2014, ExxonMobil donated US$150,000 to the LNRCS towards its effort in containing and controlling the virus at the height of the outbreak.
LNRCS also certificated NP Liberia Limited, French Business Club, Pacific International Lines, Cica Motors, BHP Biliton and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
ExxonMobil’s government relations officer, Nathaniel Jallah reassured ExxonMobil’s commitment to
“On behalf of ExxonMobil Liberia, we will continue to identify with the Liberian National Red Cross. We will continue to identify with and support the effort of the Red Cross so long to perform those very important humanitarian works,” Mr. Jallah told an indoor program held at the Monrovia Christian Center in Sinkor.
“We are also proud to say within the next week (this week) we will be making another significant contribution to help the Red Cross carry out is works.
The celebration of this year’s Red Cross Day and Month (May) is being used to highlight the importance of the universal principles of the Red Cross Movement worldwide—impartiality, unity, universality, independence, voluntarism, neutrality and humanity—adopted 50 years ago.
Speaking at the occasion, LNRCS Secretary General, Fayiah Tamba, urged Liberians to respect the seven underlying principles of the Red Cross, stressing that the misconception of the ideas has led to the lack of cooperation by communities, leading to attack of volunteers worldwide.
He called on Liberians to be ambassadors in their various communities.
“We must redouble our efforts to make clear to the world what we in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement stand for and we must carry out our task with resolve and determination to meet the needs of vulnerable communities affected by crisis or conflict,” Tamba told the program.
“ In this regard, you can join in our effort by becoming a member of the Liberian National Red Cross Society.”