The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society joined with some 190 National Societies throughout the world in celebrating World Red Cross Day yesterday Tuesday May 8th on the birthday of the Founding Father of Movement, Henry Dunant.

In a message to commemorate the day, the local Red Cross Society said the day is an occasion to celebrate the outstanding work of more than 14 million volunteers worldwide, who work tirelessly to bring comfort, joy and happiness to persons who are injured, diseased, traumatised and displaced as a consequence of natural and technological disasters, armed conflicts, domestic violence slavery, human trafficking and poverty.

The local Society said it is also important to reflect on the fundamental principles, of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality, since they are the main pillars which underpin the work of the International Red Cross movement.

The National Society said it is fully committed to the fundamental principles and is proud that over its 70 years of operations it has met its international obligations with distinction.

It pointed out that Governance, Management and volunteers have discharged their responsibilities in the spirit of the principles with transparency and accountability.