October 10, 2023

Fiji’s Independence Day, celebrated annually on October 10th, marks our liberation from British colonial rule in 1970.

While this day is a time for Fijians to rejoice in their sovereignty and heritage, it is also a poignant reminder of the invaluable role the Fiji Red Cross Society has played in the country’s history.

The Fiji Red Cross Society, founded in 1971, holds a unique place in Fiji’s journey towards independence. It emerged as a beacon of hope, embodying the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality—the fundamental principles that are the cornerstone of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

In the years leading up to Fiji’s independence, the Fiji Red Cross Society, still a Branch of British Red Cross, worked tirelessly to provide assistance and support to the Fijian people. Here’s a closer look at the symbiotic relationship between Fiji’s independence and the Fiji Red Cross Society:

1. Healthcare and Emergency Services: The Fiji Red Cross Society played a vital role in building Fiji’s healthcare infrastructure, ensuring that the nation had the necessary medical facilities and trained personnel to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens. Their contributions were particularly significant in remote and underserved regions of Fiji.

2. Disaster Response and Resilience: Fiji’s geographical location exposes it to a range of natural disasters, including cyclones and floods. The Fiji Red Cross Society, with its focus on disaster response and preparedness, has been a lifeline for affected communities. Their swift and effective response efforts have saved countless lives and helped communities recover from the aftermath of disasters.

3. Health Education and Community Support: Beyond immediate crisis response, the Fiji Red Cross Society has been a key player in promoting health education and community development. The Fiji Red Cross has empowered communities with knowledge and resources to improve their living conditions and overall well-being.

4. National Unity and Solidarity: The Fiji Red Cross Society embodies the spirit of unity and solidarity, transcending ethnic, religious, and political divides. Their commitment to impartiality and neutrality has made them a unifying force in Fiji, bringing people together in times of crisis and celebration.

As we celebrate our Independence Day, it is impossible to separate this historic milestone from the invaluable contributions of the Fiji Red Cross Society. The commitment of those before us, to humanitarianism, to the Fijian people, and to upholding the principles of the Red Cross movement have left an indelible mark on the nation’s history.

Today, the Fiji Red Cross Society continues to be an essential part of Fiji’s social fabric, standing as a symbol of compassion and resilience. Our work is a testament to the enduring power of volunteerism and the impact that dedicated individuals and organizations can have on the well-being of a nation.

As we raise our national flag and celebrate our independence, let us also raise our hats to the Fiji Red Cross Society volunteers for their tireless efforts,  commitment to humanity, and their role in helping Fiji grow and thrive as an independent nation.

Happy Independence Day, Viti Noqu Viti, and thank you, Fiji Red Cross Society and the many volunteers from over the years, for your commitment and service!


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About Fiji Red Cross Society

The Fiji Red Cross Society is a humanitarian organization dedicated to serving vulnerable communities in Fiji. With a strong presence nationwide, the Society provides emergency response, disaster management, health and first aid training, community outreach, and other essential services. Through its commitment to humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality, the Fiji Red Cross Society strives to alleviate suffering and promote the well-being of those in need.

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