March is proclaimed ‘Red Cross Month’

The Inos government has proclaimed March as “Red Cross Month” to give tribute to “everyday heroes” who continue to support the Red Cross’ humanitarian efforts in the Commonwealth.

The proclamation was led by Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Lt. Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres in a simple ceremony on Capital Hill on Monday.

John Hirsh, executive director of American Red Cross NMI chapter, left, and Gov. Eloy S. Inos, right, listen as a volunteer reads the Red Cross’ programs for March. (Joel D. Pinaroc)

John Hirsh, executive director of American Red Cross NMI chapter, left, and Gov. Eloy S. Inos, right, listen as a volunteer reads the Red Cross’ programs for March. (Joel D. Pinaroc)

John Hirsh, executive director of the American Red Cross-NMI chapter, said one of the highlights of the celebration is “Walk for the Red,” a walkathon that aims to raise funds to further widen the reach of the nongovernmental organization’s programs in the CNMI.

Hirsh is inviting individuals and businesses to participate in the walkathon happening this March 21 at 6am at the 4H Building in Susupe.

Snacks and giveaways will be given to participants in the 10K, 5K, and 2K walkathon events. “Walkers” who will raise $75 on their pledge forms will also get special prizes.

March has been recognized as “Red Cross Month” for more than 70 years. All presidents, including President Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

“Everyday heroes help those in need in the CNMI community,” said Hirsh. “They are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes, or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others. During Red Cross Month we thank them for their support.”

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

In the CNMI, the local chapter provided assistance to over 200 individuals who were victims of local emergencies, assisted over 100 military families and trained hundreds of people in lifesaving skills.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
Joel Pinaroc worked for a number of newspapers in the Philippines before joining the editorial team of Saipan Tribune. His published articles include stories on information technology, travel and lifestyle, and motoring, among others. Contact him at joel_pinaroc@saipantribune.com.

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