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‘Acts Of Kindness Relieves Suffering’

Kindness and humanity are among the most powerful tools we have to withstand the harsh impacts of conflict, climate change, COVID-19 and other crises to spark hope and change.
08 May 2022 13:45
‘Acts Of Kindness Relieves Suffering’
Fiji Red cross staff and volunteers during World Red Cross and Red crescent day march in Suva on May 6, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Kindness and humanity are among the most powerful tools we have to withstand the harsh impacts of conflict, cli­mate change, COVID-19 and other crises to spark hope and change.

This was the message by Fiji Red Cross Society national president, Sala Toganivalu Lesuma to mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day which takes place on Sunday.

Ms Lesuma said crises and disas­ters had spared no one in the past year and hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

“Yet one never has to look far to find and be inspired by acts of kindness,” she said.

On May 8, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement celebrate the dedication, compas­sion, courage and impact of mil­lions of volunteers and countless others who had helped, care, and offer life-saving services to people in their communities.

“In Fiji, Red Cross staff and vol­unteers have been supporting com­munities by assisting with COV­ID-19 vaccination registrations, providing disaster preparedness training, restoring links with fami­lies that have been separated due to the pandemic and more recently, the Tonga volcano,” Ms Lesuma said.

“Big or small, seen or unseen, every act of kindness matters, it brings hope and breeds more kind­ness.

“Today, we pay tribute to all those individuals who selflessly help oth­ers in need. When all these small local actions multiply, the impact can be enormous.”

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement comprises the Interna­tional Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federa­tion of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and 192 Red Cross National Societies with 14.9 mil­lion volunteers.

“Every day, Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers see first-hand how kindness relieves suffering, brings comfort, lights up the darkest moments and restores dignity.

“Amid so much hardship, loss and uncertainty, we encourage people around the world to believe in the power of kindness and to keep the kindness coming.”

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