The South African Red Cross Society has named Princess Charlene of Monaco as its patron, citing her South African background and her commitment to helping others.
“With her ties to South Africa, she decided to get involved with Red Cross. We couldn’t have wished for anyone better. We are excited she is on board,” the body’s chief executive, Derick Naidoo said.
Naidoo and chairwoman Connie Motshumi were invited to a Red Cross Ball hosted by Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in Monaco last week. Before the ball, the couple met the princess to outline the challenges facing the organisation.
“She commended the Red Cross for being one of the most responsive organisations when it comes to disaster-relief programmes and maintaining peace in war-torn countries,” Naidoo said. The Princess’s late mother-in-law, Princess Grace, was president of the Monaco Red Cross.
Naidoo said Princess Charlene’s role would be to create awareness both in South Africa and abroad of the important charity work carried out by the organisation. The South African Red Cross is in constant need of financial assistance to enable it to carry out its voluntary programme. Source: www.iol.co.za