As Sy visits to see work

IFRC secretary general Elhadj As Sy (right) engages with members of the audience during discussions on voluntary humanitarian action in Pacific youth at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at USP in Suva on Monday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

IFRC secretary general Elhadj As Sy (right) engages with members of the audience during discussions on voluntary humanitarian action in Pacific youth at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at USP in Suva on Monday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE International Federation of the Red Cross’ secretary seneral Elhadj As Sy says his visit to Fiji is extremely important for him to witness the work the Fiji Red Cross Society does in the community.

Mr As Sy, who is currently in the country, received a full traditional welcome from the 15 branches of the Fiji Red Cross Society on Monday prior to his visit to Narocake Village in Noco, Rewa.

“I thought it was extremely important to come and witness the work of our friends and colleagues to bring them solidarity, offer network and knowledge and also to learn more from them so that we can inform them what we are doing. So I am very pleased to be here,” he said.

Mr As Sy said Fiji was one country in the Pacific that was always supporting its communities even during natural disasters.

“We have witnessed how they have mobilised volunteers even during tropical cyclones and beyond and they are always there for the communities providing them with first aid.

“Fiji, for us is extremely important because the president of the Fiji Red Cross is a member of the governing board of the international federation.

Mr As Sy also highlighted the importance of preparing for natural disasters in Fiji.

“It is also about preparation, reducing the risk of natural disasters and responding early.

“That is why Fiji Red Cross is in a privileged position to be partnering with the communities,” he said.

Mr As Sy is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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