25th Anniversary of the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska

On the day of the founding of the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska under the slogan "25 years in the service of humanity", on 23th of June  2017 in the hotel "Ras" in the Ethno village "Stanišići" in Bijeljina, ceremony was held in the name of the 25th  anniversary of existence and work of The Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska.

This ceremony was attended by representatives of the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska, also attended by: Milojko Grujičić- Advisor to the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Serbia, delegation of the Red Cross of Serbia in the composition of dr Milutin Mihajlović- Vice President of the RC of Serbia, Vesna Milenović- Secretary General, Ljubomir Miladinović- Head of the Service for international cooperation and Dragoslav Karić, associate in the field of organization and work, delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross - Sarajevo office, composed of Željko Filipović, the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Zorica Lučić, Head of the Department for Cooperation, Branko Leko- general Secretary of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zora Vuković - representative of the Civil Protection of Republika of Srpska, Vlado Ostojić - Mayor of Han Pijesak Municipality, and representative of the city of Trebinje.

The ceremonial marking began with the anthem of the Republic of Srpska and a solemn song in the performance of the members of the choir "Srbadija" from Bijeljina. After the musical part of the program, Svetlana Marković- program manager addressed the participants, introduced the presence of the role and significance of the RCRS.

After that, the General Secretary of the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska, Đoko Mihajlović addressed the gathering, who greeted all present in the name and on behalf of the President of the RCRS, Jova Grujičić, and thanked them for having spent their time attending this anniversary. The Secretary General stressed that in the past 25 years, the RCRS organization has undergone various stages, but today we primarily focus on peaceful activities and programs that have such a character.

A welcome presentation on the work and realization of the program activities of the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska in the past 25 years was also addressed by the Vice President of the RCRS, Ljubomir Čordašević. He pointed out that the past 25 years was not easy. In those first days, which were the hardest for the RCRS, thanks to the dedication of professionals and numerous volunteers throughout the Republic of Srpska, an organization has been built that is continuously upgraded and improved.

On behalf of the Red Cross of Serbia, dr. Milutin Mihajlović, Vice-President of the Central Committee of Serbia, addressed the audience and congratulated all employees, volunteers and members of the Republic of Srpska jubilee with wishes for further progress and successful work. He emphasized the long-standing successful, fraternal cooperation between the RC of Serbia and the RCRS, and that the RC of Serbia is always ready and available to provide every kind of support to the RCRS Organization.

On this occasion, he handed over to the Secretary General of the RCRS an medal which the Red Cross of Serbia is distinguished by the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska for long-term permanent activity, voluntary work, contribution to fostering solidarity and humanity, achieved results in strengthening the role of the organization and contribution to achieving the goals and tasks of the Red Cross. Also, on occasion of the anniversary, he presented a gift, the work of the academic painter Predrag Milošević.

Željko Filipović, the head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Bosnia and Herzegovina, also addressed the participants and  congratulated on the long-standing successful cooperation of the International Committee of the Red Cross with the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska and significant joint results achieved in this period. He noted that the support of the International Development Committee and the programs of the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska continues.

On behalf of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Branko Leko, Secretary General addressed the gathering, who also congratulated the audience on the activities carried out by the Red Cross Society of BiH on strengthening and capacity building of the Red Cross in B&H. On occasion of the anniversary, he handed over to the Secretary General a picture of the bridge in Mostar.

Congratulations on the wishes for successful work in the following period were sent by Zora Vuković - representative of the Civil Protection of Republika Srpska, Vlado Ostojić, Mayor of Han Pijesak Municipality and representative of Trebinje.

By exchanging opinions and reminders of the period of 25 years behind us, during the ceremonial lunch that was held on this occasion, a modest ceremony was completed. The jubilee of the Red Cross of the Republic of Srpska will continue to be marked during the organization of program activities and manifestations of the RCRS.th