300 volunteers formed a human cross and launched 140 balloons in the air, each for every year in which the Red Cross offered assistance of maximum importance. The event took place on Monday, in Bucharest’s Tineretului Park, and marked 140 years of existence for Red Cross Romania.
On the same day, in order to mark this important moment, an anniversary plaque was unveiled in the presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margareta, the President of CRR, and CRR General Director Ioan Silviu Lefter.
The Royal Family has always supported the Romanian Red Cross ever since its foundation, says Princess Margareta, the chairperson of the organisation, in a message posted on the Romanian Royal Family’s Facebook page, on the Red Cross’ 140th anniversary.
“The National Society of the Red Cross in Romania celebrates 140 years. The Royal Family has always supported the Romanian Red Cross ever since its foundation. On July 4, 1876, during the reign of King Carol I, Queen Elisabeta, Queen Mary and Queen-Mother Helen got involved with devotion and abnegation in the humanitarian actions of the Romanian Red Cross without fear of war, misery or sickness,” Margareta wrote.
In her message she praises “the Romanian Red Cross volunteers, who along history contributed to supporting and saving their fellows in distress.”
She says that the Red Cross volunteers today passionately and devotedly continue the mission of their forerunners, voicing hope that “the future generations will carry on this task.”
Romanian Red Cross director Ioan Silviu Lefter pointed out that the Red Cross will continue to bring joy and hope to those in need.
“Today, the Romanian Red Cross marks 140 years of uninterrupted humanitarian activity. We are grateful to the countless generations of volunteers who over time have granted aid to all those in need, regardless of the circumstances. We take pride in the Red Cross nurses who comforted the suffering of the wounded and sick in times of war, who treated children, youth and elderly during the outbreaks of malaria, cholera, typhoid fever and tuberculosis, who also contributed to reuniting the families separated by war or the oppressive regime. The acts of excellence in the history of this organisation motivate us and make us adapt to what is new and remain in the first line of the humanitarian aid. We shall continue to bring joy and hope to those who need us,” Ioan Silviu Lefter said at the festivity devoted to the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the Red Cross service, held in the gardens of the Elisabeta Palace.
Attending the ceremony were Education Minister Adrian Curaj, US Ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm, Presidency representatives, other members of the Diplomatic Corps, civil society figures, Romanian Red Cross employees, volunteers and partners.
Also, in order to mark this important moment in the organisation’s history, a 140-metre canvas bearing peace messages written by volunteers from all over the country will cover the Palace of Parliament for a week’s time.