Jun 28, 2011, 12:51 PM
The assembly elected new members that will spearhead the affairs of the branch for the next three years.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the Regional Education conference hall in Janjangbureh, Pa Musa Kijera, the CRR Red Cross Branch officer, spoke at length on the importance of the assembly, adding that the assembly will serve as an avenue where issues relating to the progress of the branch will be discussed, and map out strategies and the way forward in addressing their shortcomings.
According to him, the branch has embarked on series of activities ranging from capacity building programmes, to giving humanitarian assistance, promotion of health and hygiene, sports, environmental protection among others.
He further pointed out that the objective of Red Cross is to alleviate human suffering through serving mankind on voluntarism.
"Red Cross is all about voluntarism, as we are out to render assistance to alleviate human suffering and serve mankind," he said, calling on the members to ensure that competent people are elected to run the affairs of the branch for the next three years.
In his report, the outgoing chairman of the branch, Nfansumana Ceesay, revealed that the period under review from 2007 to 2010 is a landmark history of the branch.
According to him, there are series of achievements realised during this period such as capacity building programmes for volunteers, school-based clubs, and teachers on various techniques across the region.
He added that some of the volunteers have been attached to various health facilities across the region to voluntarily give support to needy people.
"Disaster attracts special attention as volunteers, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, take active part in disaster preparedness, mitigation and response across the region," he said.
Despite the tremendous achievements, there are series of challenges such as lack of stationery, lack of fuel and operational allowance, lack of office equipment, and the construction of the headquarters, he added.
The new executive members elected include Momodou Lamin Darboe, chairperson; Nfansumana Ceesay, vice chairperson; Mariama Jallow, treasurer; Musa Sanneh, youth representative; Bambo Bayo, assistant youth representative; Mustapha Mbenga, IEC officer; Sarjo Sambou, health and environment; Abdourahman Sallah, resource mobiliser; Awa Sanneh, gender officer; and Alfusainey Sallah.