Message by the President of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Jagath Abeysinghe for International Volunteer Day 2016
On International Volunteer Day today, we recognize millions of people around the world who give their time and talent to tackle global challenges: from volunteers working in their own communities on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction to those supporting global causes of peace, justice and change.
Since the establishment of Sri Lanka Red Cross, 80 years ago, thousands and thousands of Red Cross volunteers have contributed to our mission, working with many in order to save lives, change minds and to serve people.
I also welcome the strong growth in more recent years of online volunteering, which connects people — professionals, students, homemakers and people with disabilities around the world — and provides them with opportunities to contribute to development and the work of Sri Lanka Red Cross. In the recent floods and landslides, online volunteers strengthen our mission in taking the message of the most vulnerable people to the world and in return gave us a commanding position in the global stage.
Volunteerism helps bring us together as individuals and societies. It is a powerful means of mobilizing all segments of society as active partners in building a better world.
Together, let us strengthen the institutional frameworks that support volunteerism. Together lets find new areas where volunteering can make a difference. Let us honour volunteering as an expression of our common humanity and a way to promote mutual respect, solidarity and reciprocity.
On this volunteer day I once again commend the work of our noble volunteers across the island, the sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters who have given their time in order to make this world a little better. You have our appreciation and gratitude.
President – Sri Lanka Red Cross Society