Kathmandu, Sept 5: Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) Kathmandu branch has felicitated the society’s founding member Dr Gauri Shankar Lal Das. The NRCS Kathmandu feted centenarian Dr Das on the occasion of the Society’s 61st founding day today.
NRCS central president Sudarshan Prasad Nepal and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) spokesperson Nabin Manandhar honoured Dr Das by wrapping a shawl around his shoulder.
On the occasion, Society central president Nepal said the NRCS has reached its present position passing through various ups and downs. He pledged to further take ahead the NRCS by promoting dedication and honesty towards the humanitarian service organisation.
“We will consistently work in the humanitarian service,” he said, adding that the organisation would be renewed and its statute amended.
KMC spokesperson Manandhar said Dr Das has played a paramount role in the establishment of the Red Cross Society in Nepal. “Red Cross’s image should not be blemished due to a person. All the Red Cross members should make a vow that the Red Cross would not be tarnished due to their activities,” he emphasized.
Manandhar lauded the Red Cross for the role it played during the earthquake in 2015. He added that KMC will assist Dr Das.
Dr Das on his part thanked NRCS Kathmandu branch for honouring him in recognition of his contribution to the society.
NRCS Acting General Secretary Manoj Kumar Thapa, Society’s central treasurer Bir Bahadur Basnet, Society’s Bagmati Province deputy general-secretary Rajendra Baniya, among the Red Cross officials said Dr Das played a significant role in forging ahead the Red Cross’ campaign throughout the country.
NRCS Kathmandu branch president Shyam Kaji Dotel said the Red Cross which was established in Nepal 100 years after its establishment in the world has been working in every sector related to humanitarian service.
According to him, the Kathmandu branch is carrying out various activities like dengue control, blood donation, providing financial and food grain support to the needy and the underprivileged and providing training to youths, among other programmes.
Established on September 4, 1963, the Nepal Red Cross Society has central office, seven provincial and 77 district branches and 1,600 sub-branches throughout the country.