World Red Cross Day 2017 - Message from Mr Tee Tua Ba, Chairman of Singapore Red Cross

8 May 2017

Principals, Teachers

Red Cross Youth Officers, Red Cross Youth Members

Today, we celebrate World Red Cross Day. It is a day to commemorate the founding of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; and we honour our volunteers for their humanitarian efforts. Over the past 65 years, Red Cross Youth (RCY) has equipped thousands of youth with life-saving skills and inspired them to serve humanity. Moving forward, we will continue to stay true to our mission and develop members into youth leaders who can contribute actively to building community resilience.

It is for this purpose that the Youth Leadership Badge was launched in January this year. The programme hones members’ leadership skills by engaging them to lead humanitarian activities such as advocating for blood donation and rendering first aid. It also challenges them to lead their peers in projects to support Red Cross beneficiaries. I encourage the youth to share experiences with their juniors so that in time to come, they too can be leaders to drive efforts to serve the community.

In playing our part to build community resilience, we have introduced two new modules on Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management. Amongst the youth leaders who co-developed the Disaster Management module was Nicholas Boon. He joined RCY as a cadet, and rose through the ranks to become a Volunteer Instructor and our Head Specialist for Disaster Management. In 2015, he became the youngest at 21 to receive the Singapore Red Cross Commendation Award. Today, he serves as an active volunteer with our International Services. Nicholas is a shining example of a youth leader whom others can look up to and aspire to become.

I am also pleased to share that we have produced the School Emergency Preparedness Kit and distributed it to all units in March this year. Each kit comprises a first aid pouch and step-by-step guide on how to handle emergencies and conduct mass evacuations. Members can use the kit and share with their schoolmates on the essential items to have in a first aid pouch, and ways to help the injured during emergencies.

I would like to thank all school leaders, teachers and Youth Officers for your support and dedication. I commend all RCY members for making a positive difference in our community - empowering the lives of the vulnerable and strengthening community resilience.

Happy World Red Cross Day!