Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - 5:21pm

Message By The Minister For Health And Social Development
Hon. Carvin Malone
In Recognition Of Red Cross Week, 2019

Today I recognise the start of Red Cross Week, an annual celebration of the BVI Red Cross and the work that they do in communities throughout the Territory.  The week is timed to tie in with World Red Cross and Red Crescent day which is celebrated globally on May 8th every year. This year, the theme is The Power of Kindness, and I think that each one of us knows personally that even the smallest act of kindness to others can have a tremendous impact.

After the hurricanes in 2017, the Power of Kindness within our communities was evident for all to see; everyone supporting each other as best they could with what they had.

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, and here in The Virgin Islands, the BVI Red Cross will commemorate World Red Cross Day this Wednesday.  The strength of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement lay in its Seven Fundamental Principles; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.  These Principles underpin the central mission of the Red Cross, which is to alleviate suffering and to help everyone get the support they need when crisis strikes.

The work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is only possible through the generosity of the communities they serve, and the kindness of Volunteers and supporters.  All funds raised by the BVI Red Cross go to supporting communities throughout the Territory; whether in planning and being ready for the next natural disaster, providing First Responder medical care, registering blood donors, or giving training in areas such as first aid, home care, psychological support after a crisis or protection of children from sexual abuse.

All these things are possible because of the Power of Kindness, from people donating money, time, resources and services for the betterment of our communities, through the Red Cross.

Across the Virgin Islands and beyond, the power of kindness stands as a testament to the best parts of our nature.  We help others not for reward, or praise, or recognition, but rather, because together we are stronger.  Together we can stop suffering, help those less fortunate, and as a people, ensure no-one is left behind.

The Power of Kindness is not something that demands hard work or expense.  At its core, it is about doing no harm to others, and doing what is right for others when they need it most.

I urge you to exemplify the Power of Kindness; not just for Red Cross Week, but every day in support of those who are less fortunate, more vulnerable, or in need of some help.

As an auxiliary to the Government in the humanitarian services, the Red Cross augments the work of the Government in the areas of disaster management, health and social services. 

On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Development and the Government and people of the Virgin Islands, I commend the Red Cross for its outstanding work in supporting vulnerable individuals and communities throughout the Territory, through the Power of Kindness.

It now gives me great pleasure to declare Red Cross Week 2019 open.