TRCS calls for culture of volunteerism

06Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TRCS calls for culture of volunteerism

THE Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) has urged Tanzanians to embrace the culture of volunteerism to provide timely support people who are in need during disasters.

TCRS President David Kihenzile.

Speaking during the event to hand over equipment to the association's Regional Representatives in Dar es Salaam during the weekend, the TCRS President David Kihenzile said that there is a need for people to volunteer to help others.

This includes participating in blood donation which could help seriously injured victims and pregnant women.

The equipment which include generators ,phones and routers worth 54m/- were provided to representatives from various regions including Dar es Salaam and Coast.

He said that the donated items are meant to help in providing assistance to staff especially in remote areas.

Kihenzile also launched a special service number 0800750150 which people can call Red Cross Tanzania during times of trouble.

“Our call to stakeholders is to join this movement to help people in our country, there are many people out there who really need our support,” Kihenzile said.

According to him, many Tanzanians lack the spirit of volunteerism, something which needs more awareness to change the situation.

“I encourage Tanzanians to demonstrate patriotism through actions as the country still needs more people who will be there to change the lives of the vulnerable communities,” he said.

He further said: "As for example in the Morogoro fuel tanker accident last year if there would be only a quarter of the population who have been trained, the impacts would have been minimized.”The Dar es Salaam TCRS chairman Rajab Senge said that the equipment provided would help them to improve performance as well as facilitate citizens to access Red Cross services quickly.

The TRCS is a voluntary humanitarian organization established by parliamentary ACT no 71 of 1962.It is guided by the seven Fundamental principles of the red cross and Crescent Movement. The society is well established in all regions of Tanzania society mainland and Zanzibar and has a well-coordinated volunteer based network.