President Joyce Banda yesterday flagged off the 2013 Red Cross/Red Crescent Week with a call to companies to include activities of the organisation in their corporate social responsibilities.
The President, who is also patron of the Malawi Red Cross Society, donated K1 million (about $2 500).
“I urge our local companies to support the Malawi Red Cross. The work of the Malawi Red Cross will reach more people if organisations start supporting it in different ways,” Banda said.
She commended the organisation for improving the lives of vulnerable people in areas of health and care, first aid and disaster management, which include food security and climate change management programme initiatives.
President of the Malawi Red Cross Society, Levison Changole, said this year, the flag week, also known as Red Cross Red Crescent Week, has been combined with the commemoration of 150 years of humanitarian action.
This year’s theme is ‘Rebuilding the lives of the most vulnerable people’.
“As a Red Cross Movement, we restore human dignity. We bring hope and optimism to those in total desperation and hopelessness. We are an all-weather friend to the less privileged; hence, our persistent plea
for support to the organisation,” he said.