Kenya Red Cross Society, Mombasa branch volunteers dedicated to humanitarian work were recognised.
In a colourful ceremony held at the Koblenz hall in Mombasa, the volunteers were awarded for the tireless efforts in safeguarding humanity in the County.
While addressing the over 100 volunteers, Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir said that volunteerism has enabled many youth develop focus on humanitarian issues and devoted to humanitarian service.
Nassir singled out the Kenya Red Cross Mombasa branch as a very important humanitarian aid unit where locals in the county have depended upon it for many years.
“The Kenya Red Cross Society, Mombasa branch has been the nerve center for humanitarian service including blood donation, disaster management among many other humanitarian aid, we recognise and value the Organisation,” he noted.
On his part, the Kenya Red Cross Mombasa branch Coordinator Mohammed Rajab Said appealed to youth in primary, secondary college and universities to join the humanitarian move so as to help the community.
He said that various programs geared towards helping the youth under the volunteerism network has mentored many youth to the right direction.
Rajab said that the humanitarian body was open for youth and any other local to join hands in offering charitable service to locals in the County.
Addressing some of the participants, Kenya Red Cross Mombasa branch Welfare officer Rafik Rauf said that youth were an important component in the society and by engaging them in volunteer work is as good as securing them from the impact of drug use and crime.
“Volunteerism is accompanied by mentorship programs where youth learn leadership skills and develop self esteem, such people grow to be very useful in their own families and the society,” he added.
Among those who bagged awards were Rafik Rauf, Omar Badi and Iftakhar Majid in the youth volunteer category, Star of the sea and Central girls primary schools, Miritini community disaster management, Shariff Nassir foundation, Nassir Said and Mombasa County Police Commander Johnston Ipara among other winners.