KRCS Volunteer Awards

On Friday 7th of December, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) hosted the yearly Volunteer Awards at the Boma Hotel in Nairobi. The Volunteer Awards are all about recognizing and appreciating the important work that volunteers do for KRCS.

The Guest of Honour for the evening was the Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya, Elin Bergithe Rognlie. In her speech, she highlighted the longstanding cooperation between the Norwegian Red Cross and KRCS. She also expressed how impressive it is that the KRCS has more than 100,000 volunteers, and that among these 70% are youth!

Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya making a speech during the volunteer awards. KRCS Governor Dr. Mohammed Said to her right. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya making a speech during the volunteer awards. KRCS Governor Dr. Mohammed Said to her right. Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans.

I understand that volunteerism is at the heart of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, and maybe especially within KRCS.
— Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Ambassador of Norway to Kenya

As Norwegian Youth Delegates working in KRCS, we appreciate the close relationship between our National Societies. We were approached throughout the evening by many KRCS volunteers that have visited Norway. Amongst other the Governor of KRCS, Dr. M. Said, has travelled several times to Norway to visit Hordaland Branch.

As the dress code was “African wear”, we had these kitenge dresses made in Nanyuki. Photo: YDEP.

As the dress code was “African wear”, we had these kitenge dresses made in Nanyuki. Photo: YDEP.

We were honored to attend such an important event and to celebrate those that spend their time and energy volunteering in their communities.

Take it away from the story that volunteering is work without pay. It is a social behavior.
— Mr. Meshack Odede, Chairman VIO Society
Youth Volunteer of the year! Mohammed Rafik Rauf has been volunteering in KRCS for 17 years. His persistent dedication to alleviating human suffering awarded him this well-deserved recognition. Photo: Ingrid Legrand Gjerdset.

Youth Volunteer of the year! Mohammed Rafik Rauf has been volunteering in KRCS for 17 years. His persistent dedication to alleviating human suffering awarded him this well-deserved recognition. Photo: Ingrid Legrand Gjerdset.

In the gallery below we have collected more photos from this lovely evening. Congratulations to all winners, nominees, and to all those who volunteer.