The Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) has been granted over $13 million in contributions from various donors, including the King and the Queen Mother of Cambodia, during the commemoration of the 160th anniversary of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8.

In a letter of appreciation dated May 29, CRC President Bun Rany expressed her heartfelt gratitude to His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, the Queen Mother of Cambodia, and all the generous donors who have contributed funds and materials to the CRC on this momentous occasion.

To date, a total of 997 donors have generously contributed a sum of $13,818,592 to the CRC. Additionally, the CRC has also received a pickup truck, a car, a truck, 10 electric motorcycles, and 500 helmets.

Bun Rany affirmed the funds and materials received will be utilised transparently to provide aid and support to the most affected individuals. She emphasised the CRC’s commitment to alleviating the hardships faced by victims and the most vulnerable members of society, ensuring accountability and transparency.

The CRC is dedicated to promoting social inclusion, where every individual is respected, recognised, empowered, and provided an opportunity to participate in society and benefit from development, leaving no one behind.

Dy Rado, the deputy governor of Oddar Meanchey province, acknowledged the crucial role of the CRC in assisting those in need, regardless of their circumstances. He praised the CRC for its unwavering commitment to aiding individuals affected by natural disasters and house fires.

He further emphasised the collaborative efforts between the CRC, the government, and local authorities to ease the burdens faced by affected communities.

Rado urged donors to continue supporting the CRC, enabling more extensive and effective assistance to those in need.

Yang Kim Eng, the president of the People’s Centre for Development and Peace, recognised the invaluable role played by the Red Cross in every country.

He commended the CRC for its significant contributions, including raising awareness of traffic safety and rescuing individuals during floods and other natural calamities.

“While some individuals have criticised the assistance provided, alleging discrimination and partisanship, overall, the CRC has made a substantial positive impact on people’s lives,” he said.