The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society has operated since 1936, first as a branch of the British Red Cross and then from 1949 to 1971 as the Ceylon Red Cross Society. It was recognized by the ICRC and admitted into the League of Red Cross Societies (now the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies) in 1952. The Ceylon Red Cross Society was renamed as Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in 1972. The society was recognized by Royal Charter in 1951 and as a charitable organization also in the same year by a gazette notification of the Finance Ministry. It was also registered under the Social Service Act 33 of 1980.
The organization covers all 25 administrative Districts of the country and has 25 branches.
The society has 100,000 members and 6,500 active volunteers.
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By Selvarajasingham Umakanthan, IFRC For over a hundred years, Subramaniyam Mariyayi’s family has been living in a line house – a row of five to eight houses built in a linear manner, each with a line room consisting an entrance attached to a small kit …
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society is mobilising volunteers to support government efforts to stem the country’s worst-ever outbreak of dengue virus disease and provide medical assistance at overstretched hospitals.
Owning a house is all that Muniyandi thinks about these days. He dreams of having a house he could build with his own two hands, a house that he can someday pass on to his children and grandchildren.
In the past 72 hours, parts of Sri Lanka have been reeling from the impact of severe weather caused by the intensifying southwest monsoon.
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- President: Mr. Jagath ABEYSINGHE
- Vice President 1: Mr Baratha JONIKKUHEWA
- Vice-President 2: Mr Sunil DISSANAYAKE
- National Secretary: Mr S.H. Nimal KUMAR
- Director General: Mr Neville NANAYAKKARA
- Chairman Finance Commission: Mr Prasanna DASSANAYAKE