Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has commended the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society Malaita Branch for its ongoing humanitarian services throughout the Province during times of need.
Hon. Maelanga was the Chief Guest at a fundraising dinner at the Honiara Hotel on Saturday 14 August, which raised a total of $100, 000.00 from sale of corporate tables, pledges, donations and raffle tickets.
The event is the first of its kind organised by the Red Cross Malaita Branch to raise funds to support its humanitarian work in the Province.
A team of volunteers traveled from Auki to Honiara to organise the event.
Speaking at the event, Maelanga said the SIRCS Malaita Branch since its establishment in the 1980’s has been providing support to the Malaita Provincial Government, more especially in the humanitarian sector.
“This is in terms of responding to disaster situations such tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks and many others,” Maelanga said.
Since the establishment of the Branch in Auki, the SIRCS has been helping thousands of people across the Province who have been affected by disasters.
These humanitarian activities, according to Maelanga, have been happening with the help of the Malaita Provincial Government and other sister non-government organisations.
Maelanga also commended the Malaita Branch for advocating for voluntary non-remunerated blood donations in the Province through public awareness and recruiting potential blood donors.
“The need for blood at the Kiluufi hospital continues to remain high every year due to the growing population and more so those that linked to non-communicable diseases that are now growing in the Province,” Maelanga said.
The Deputy Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to Government Agencies, Business Houses, Non-Government Organisations and Individuals that contributed to the event.