first_imgLiberia will host the first of four global humanitarian hub events, known as the Voices to Action (VTA) in Sanniquillie City, Nimba County, from September 2-3. The conference is intended to address global humanitarian challenges that affect local communities and how these challenges can be mitigated by prioritizing local solutions.VTA is an initiative of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and Liberia was fortunate to be one of the four countries, the only one in Africa to be selected by the global humanitarian body to host the events.The VTA will enable voices of communities concerned to be collected through the series of humanitarian hub events around the world, the first of which will be taking place in Sanniquellie next week.The ever increasing humanitarian crises across the globe, especially the just waning Ebola crisis that devastated the entire Mano River Sub-region, are now compelling major global humanitarian organizations to re-strategize in order to make greater impacts through their responses in the lives of the most vulnerable people at the local community levels.Announcing the VTA confab in Monrovia over the weekend, Fayiah Tamba, Sectretary-General, Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) said participants will include community members and leaders, Red Cross volunteers, staff and partners, civil society organizations (CSOs) actors and government representative. They will discuss local needs and reflect on how to strengthen community-driven action, be it individual initiatives or community partnerships.In the fight against the EVD in Liberia, it was proven that the bottom up approach, which saw the communities taking the initiatives and playing outstanding roles in the fight, was the best approach that eliminated the virus.“We saw that empowering communities is crucial to delivering sustainable assistance. This was clearly evident during the fight against the EVD.”Mr. Tamba noted that the LNRCS is pleased to host the first humanitarian hub event for VTA, and to share the experiences, concerns and needs of communities in Liberia to the highest sitting of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.The LNRCS’ needs and ideas identified at the event will be compiled into a report and discussed with world governments at the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland in December this year, said Tamba.This international conference, which is held every four years, provides a non-political forum for government decision makers and Red Cross and Red Crescent to discuss the most pressing humanitarian challenges and needs and come up with solutions.The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health and provide care and relief from disasters and other emergencies.“In Liberia,” Mr. Tamba indicated, “the LNRCS is present in every county and over 95 districts and continues to build stronger communities and address challenges of healthcare, Disaster Risk Reduction, Youth Development, Women’s Empowerment, food security and livelihood in the communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDaniel on stage entertaining fans in Dungloe. Pics by Northwest Newspix.Daniel O’Donnell fulfilled a promise he made to fans a year ago and played his one and only concert for 18 months yesterday.The country star with the midas returned to the scene of the town he was due to play this weekend a year ago.But just hours before he was due to the take the stage in Dungloe in 2014, his beloved mum Julia passed away at the local community hospital aged 94.A fan gets into the swing of things.Despite his heartache and grief, Daniel, 53, vowed to return to play a fundraiser for the hospital which cared so lovingly for his mum.And despite taking a long-deserved break from touring, Daniel kept his promise to the delight of fans from across the globe yesterday.Despite the driving wind and rain, the town enjoyed a carnival atmosphere as thousands of fans came from as far away as Australia.Daniel paid tribute to the oldest concert-goer, a woman aged 98, who had managed to get to the venue.After he left the stage around 6pm, the Kincasslagh crooner remembered the woman whom he had dedicated the occasion to.“It’s a year since we were supposed to do this concert for the hospital but my mother passed away on the day it was to go ahead and we’re only getting around to doing it now.Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of these fans.“The hospital and the people who work there are fantastic; they can’t do enough for the people who are there and this is my way of saying ‘thanks’ for everything they did for my mother, but it’s also about trying to get them some money so they can continue their incredible work.“It was an awful day but there’s nothing you can do about that; the show had to go on this time and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and that’s the main thing,” he said.Daniel had posed for pictures and mingled with fans as he belted out hit after hit.There were just 1,500 seats available for yesterday’s concert in a car park at the back of the local Cope DIY store.Those who wanted a seat paid an extra €5 on top of their tickets charge.But nobody complained as all of the monies went directly to the local hospital.Nobody was turned away other as those without tickets were given the option of making a donation. Fans had to get well wrapped-up in the horrific weather conditions. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Many more of Daniel’s dedicated fans brought their own fold-up chairs for the two-hour concert.Among those who was queuing from 10am yesterday was Bridie McDermott, a second generation Irishwoman who was holidaying in Ireland from her home in New York when she heard of the concert.“I knew I just had to see Daniel perform in what is his local town. I knew I might not get the chance again.“I’m probably not as big a fan as many of those who go to see him at every chance, but I think he is an amazing performer and such a wonderful person.“I have heard so many stories of his generosity and he never looks for any publicity from them. He’s an amazing human being,” she said.Many of those at the concert were ‘GAA widows’ whose husbands had packed them off to the concert so they could attend Donegal’s big GAA game at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey.Among them was Letterkenny woman Mary Temple whose daughter Fiona had accompanied her mum to the concert while husband Seamus went to the big game.But not to be outdone, Daniel even arranged for a huge screen to show the game for those who attended the concert.The star has promised to reveal just how much yesterday’s concert has managed to raise for the local hospital as soon as organisers know.Despite giving a two performance, Daniel stayed at the concert and posed for pictures with fans and chatted until after the fundraiser ended at 9pm. DANIEL FULFILS HIS PROMISE TO FANS IN HONOUR OF HIS LATE MOTHER was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:concertdaniel o’donnellJulialast_img read more