As it marked the 156th anniversary of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day during a fundraising event yesterday, the Cambodian Red Cross raised more than $20 million from various donors.
A live broadcast of the event on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook page showed a ceremony being presided over by Mr Hun Sen and CRC president Bun Rany. Thousands of CRC members, parliamentarians, government officials and donors attended.
An emcee announced the CRC received a total of $20,757,510 from donors, adding that last year, the CRC raised $18 million, while it raised $13.4 million in 2017.
During a speech, Mr Hun Sen said he wanted to highlight CRC’s achievements and its aim to promote humanitarian efforts to help vulnerable people, particularly victims of natural disasters without discriminating race, religion or political affiliation.
“The theme this year [I Love the Cambodian Red Cross] is a reflection of the Cambodian Red Cross’ excellence in the humanitarian field,” he said.
“The CRC plays an important part in serving charitable activities that help a lot of people who have suffered from natural disasters and accidents,” Mr Hun Sen added. “I want to thank all humanitarian forces in all levels and youth volunteers in all 25 provinces and Phnom Penh for timely responding to the needs of those affected by natural calamities.”
“I also want to thank national and international donors for their assistance through the Cambodian Red Cross,” he noted.
Ms Rany said that last year CRC aided 139,113 families affected by natural disasters, as well as about 100,000 in need of financial aid for healthcare or poverty reduction.
She said the CRC constructed 167 homes to people in need, as well as 139 wells and 453 toilets.
“Besides helping people who have suffered from natural disasters, since 2012 the CRC has provided about $1 million annually to the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital,” Ms Rany said. “I want to say thank you to all people, both in the government and in the private sector, for always participating in CRC activities.”
Additionally, Mr Hun Sen announced that King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath Sihanouk donated a total of $40,000 to the CRC.
Mr Hun Sen said that the donations serve as an example to civil servants and those who are wealthy to share their resources and help the CRC.
According to the emcee, property tycoon Hong Piv donated about $1.3 million to the CRC, while tycoon Try Pheap and his wife donated $300,000.
Im Lorn, a villager who in the past received help from the CRC, yesterday said she is grateful for the CRC.
“When the village told me I was to receive CRC aid, I became happy and I wanted to cry because at the time I did not have rice to eat,” Ms Lorn said. “It was like an angel came and saved my life.”