Friday, October 24, 2008


The Red Cross Youth (RCY), youth arm of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), is celebrating Red Cross Youth Month this October with the theme "Red Cross YOUth ACT." PNRC chairman and CEO Sen. Richard J. Gordon said the theme is proactive as it intends to motivate the young volunteers of Red Cross to do more for humanity and take part in providing solutions to the different problems of the community.

"We encourage all chapters to take part in this annual event and recognize the vital role of the youth in the PNRC and in nation-building. Let us all support the different activities in line with the Red Cross Youth Month," said Chairman Gordon.

Formal opening ceremonies is slated at 10 a.m. on October 11 at the Robinson Galleria Mall in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Invited guests are singer and RCY Star Volunteer Yeng Constantino of ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA), Ronnie Liang, also of PDA, and Audrey Zubiri, wife of Red Cross Governor Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.

This year’s celebration features Partnership and Youth Development Week (Oct. 6-12) wherein there will be a memorandum agreement (MOA) signing with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and Sangguniang Kabataan, a provincial-wide youth instructor’s training course and orientation of local youth committees. The RCY Month will also have a Friendship and Service Week (Oct. 13-19) wherein a local youth exchange program takes place; and Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle Week (Oct. 20-26) which highlights the JFAP (Junior First Aiders Program) Investitures.

Activities lined up during the RCY month include motorcades, parades, Bike for Humanity, mall and campus tours, youth disaster response team camps, and Red Cross youth debate. The youth debate will be telecast at ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel). During the closing ceremony, the PNRC-RCY will honor this year’s Best Chapter Youth Council.

Article Submitted By Michael Esguerra, Neighbors Helping Neighbors International Youth Representative.

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