PHNOM PENH, May 03, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Approximately 10,000 people gathered here on Tuesday to commemorate the 148th anniversary of the World Red Cross - Red Crescent Day which falls on May 8.
The celebration under the theme "volunteering-humanitarian effectiveness" was presided over by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, with the participation from Jacques Stroun, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross's regional delegation, and Anne Leclerc, head of Southeast Asia Regional Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Anne Leclerc said that currently one out of 2,000 people is the volunteer for the Red Cross or Red Crescent.
"It means that almost all of the communities in the world have Red Cross or Red Crescent volunteers," she said, adding that in total, the Red Cross or Red Crescent have more than 13 million volunteers to assist about 150 million people around the world who are in needs of help every year.
Meanwhile, Hun Sen said that the annual event was held in order to mobilize funds from national and foreign donors to support humanitarian activities of the Cambodian Red Cross.
"Your donations reflect the will, determination and concerted effort in promoting socio-economic development, in particular for the cause of humanity through providing relief assistance to our people during hardship and natural catastrophes," he said.
During the celebration, the Cambodian Red Cross had received a total donation of 8.6 million U.S. dollars from generous people including government officials, members of parliament and senate, foreign diplomats, especially local and foreign companies doing business in Cambodia. Chinese embassy donated 10,000 U.S. dollars to support the activities of Cambodian Red Cross.
"Your support is a gracious contribution to assisting victims of all kinds of disasters and to the poverty reduction efforts of Cambodian government," said the premier's wife Bun Rany, president of Cambodian Red Cross.