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Romanian Red Cross Day, celebrated at Elisabeta Palace, in presence of Crown Princess Margareta

Crown Princess Margareta, the President of the Romanian Red Cross National Society, will celebrate on Tuesday, at 12:00 hrs, in the garden of Elisabeta Palace, the anniversary of the organization’s 114-year uninterrupted humanitarian activity.

According to a press release , Her Royal Highness and Director General of the Red Cross Ioan Siviu Lefter will address the audience.

The event will be attended by representatives of all branches in the country and in Bucharest, hundreds of volunteers, members of the diplomatic corps, of the Presidential Administration, of the states’ institutions and and the civil society, friends and partners of the Red Cross.

“”The Romanian Red Cross continued in 2017 to enhance the resilience capacity, the training process of staff and volunteers as well as the implementation of hundreds of educational programmes and campaigns in local communities, tailored to their needs. Thousands of people in difficult social situations caused by the economic condition or disasters have received major support from members of the 47 Red Cross branches working with responsibility and dedication,” reads the press release.

Founded on July 4th, 1876, the National Society of Red Cross from Romania is a volunteer-led, humanitarian organization, affiliate to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, ancillary to the public authority and empowered by law to provide humanitarian assistance in case of disasters and to support vulnerable people, the services being granted on a voluntary, impartial and neutral basis.

Among the signatories of the founding document of the Romanian Red Cross, there were important personalities of the time, such as: Nicolae Cretzulescu, George Gr. Cantacuzino, C.A. Rosetti, Ion Ghica, Dimitrie Sturza, Gr. G. Cantacuzino and Dr. Carol Davila. Big names of the Romanian history and culture – Queen Marie, Queen Helen, Queen Anne, George Enescu, Grigoras Dinicu, Cella Delavrancea – contributed with their humanitarian spirit to relieve the suffering of the most vulnerable people.

The organization currently contributes through its programmes to prevent and relieve suffering in all its forms, protects health and life, promotes respect for human dignity, without any discrimination based on nationality, race, sex, religion, age, social or political affiliation .

The Romanian Red Cross is present nationwide, with representatives on each territorial level, with 47 branches, 713 sub-committees and 503 committees. A number of 5,687 volunteers are actively involved in the activities of the Romanian Red Cross.

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