The Romanian Red Cross will continue to be by the side of people in the most difficult moments, Director General Ioan Silviu Lefter said on Monday in his message on the occasion of the organisation’s 146th anniversary.
“This year marks the 146 years of the Romanian National Red Cross Society working for the good. We have been and will continue to be by the side of people in the most difficult times, bringing relief to those in need. (…) if last year the world was still under the sign of a pandemic, and our thoughts and support were directed to those affected by it, 2022 put us in front of another humanitarian crisis, the armed conflict in Ukraine,” Ioan Silviu Lefter told a press conference.
According to him, the “Humanity has no borders” campaign, in support of those who fled the war in Ukraine, showed that “good does not take borders into account.” He was impressed by the empathy and mobilization of the Romanian people.
“In two months, our organisation has managed to raise an impressive amount of money, over 9 million euros and product donations of over 4 million euros. (…) 250,000 people were supported in the first part of emergency intervention and then 80,000 people were assisted each month, through programmes and activities,” added Ioan Silviu Lefter, according to Agerpres.
In her turn, the programme director of the Romanian Red Cross, Andreea Furtuna, stated that last year, almost 7,000 citizens benefited from the organisation’s interventions in cases of natural disasters or emergencies.
She mentioned that in 2021 the social programme meant at national level over one million hours of volunteering, 1,323 volunteers and a budget of over 20 million lei, and the activities consisted of social economy projects, but also in support social efforts.