Chakwera urges Malawians to embrace voluntarism

President Lazarus Chakwera donates to the Red Cross Flag Week

President Lazarus Chakwera has urged people in the country to volunteer their talents and skills towards uplifting humanity and helping the needy.

Launching the Red Cross Flag Week in Lilongwe, the President noted that volunteering is a big part of the work in Malawi which offers an opportunity to serve and to be served.

He challenged citizens to demand servant leadership through volunteerism.

Chakwera who has now been inducted Patron of the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS), reiterated on the need to embrace the Tonse philosophy of collective responsibility and civil duty.

The President accepted the new role wholeheartedly and described it as a distinguished honor to serve in this capacity.

He went on to appeal to the corporate world to support the efforts of the largest humanitarian organization in the country as part of their corporate social responsibility.

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Red Cross President Chongole inducts Chakwera as its Patron

Chakwera specifically singled out banks and telecommunication companies to do more in the campaign for the country’s benefit.

He applauded the society’s presence in all the country’s districts responding in times of disasters and the recent Coronavirus pandemic.

The Patron pointed out that the strength of the organization lies in its mobilization of ideas in the communities they live and serve in and urged people to draw lessons from them.

He expressed his administration’s readiness to assist it and challenged people to demand servant leadership through volunteerism.

The Malawi leader boosted the Flag week which serves to mobilise resources with a K1 million donation.

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The President with Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda and MRCS President

Among other duties, the organisation provides a range of services helping people prepare, deal and recover from crisis.

It has over 75,000 volunteers, 450 staff working with communities in 190 countries helping people recover from stress and shocks.

According to the Society’s President Levison Changole, through their work, community resilience has been strengthened through its volunteer’s endeveouring to address human crises while linking long-term development.

He attributed the success of its programmes to the support it gets from the Ministry of Health.

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The President is presented the organization's Constitution. Pics by Lisa Kadango MANA 

Under its COVID-19 interventions, it promoted hygiene practices and rehabilitated emergency treatment centres at Mangochi, Dedza and Kamuzu Central hospitals.

Due to the huge demand of its services, Chongole appealed to government to increase its subvention to enable it effectively respond to crises.

Through the Flag Week, Red Cross society expects to raise K60 million.