Special Correspondent

VELLORE: Volunteers should come forward to join the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) and the Youth Red Cross (YRC) without expectation and render selfless service to the public, A.R. Veeramani, YRC zonal coordinator of Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore, said here on Friday.

Delivering the keynote address at the one-day district-level YRC study camp at the Dhanabagyam Krishnaswamy Mudaliar College for Women, Dr. Veeramani said that no marks were awarded to school or college students for their participation in YRC activities as was the case in NSS programmes. The IRCS had been opposing any such move, which would possibly help the students at the time of admission to higher educational institutions. It would encourage the youth to join the movement with a service motive and to discourage those who want to join it for the sake of extra credits.

Dr. Veeramani said that it was regrettable that the YRC was not functioning well in many colleges. Commending the YRC at the DKM College for Women, he called upon the teachers to instil a spirit of service in volunteers. Franco Benedict, General Secretary, Trauma Care & Road Safety (T-CARS) Trust, Vellore, who gave a talk on “Trauma Care and Road Safety”, appealed to YRC members to learn primary trauma care so that they were equipped to provide first aid to accident victims during the golden hour and transport them to the nearest hospital to save their lives.

R. Manimekalai, principal, DKM College for Women presided. Ameena Bibi, YRC district organiser, DKM college, welcomed.

L.M.V. Devakumar, former banker, spoke on “Anger Management”. K.V. Vittoba, counsellor, IRCS, district branch spoke on “Counselling on AIDS”.