Humanity First Society

Introduction

Previously known as the Red Cross Society, the Humanity First Society continues to work in the first aid field with the now additional branches of providing financial aid, alleviating human suffering and promoting peace in the land.

Mission

The mission of the Red Cross Society of Bishop’s College is to do everything in our power to improve the quality of life of those who do not possess the power to do so themselves. We strive to serve the society by helping all those who are unable to fend for themselves.

 

Vision

Our vision is to take the society to a higher standard through charity events, educational programs and development projects, all the while, serving the society. We desire to bring our society up to the level where we can influence and motivate all students to give back something to the world.

History

Inaugurated in the year of 2006 as the Red Cross Society, we organised countless first aid workshops throughout the years. In 2013, the implementation of an Annual Red Cross Day continues to this day with the last Activity being held on the of via zoom. In the year of 2017, a project jointly organised with the Red Cross Society of Royal college was initiated named ‘Unity’ and this project ensured the establishment of the Red Cross Societies in schools that didn’t have one. Amongst many projects dedicated to social welfare we also hosted many online webinars during the unprecedented time of Covid-19 on the themes of mental health and preventive actions taken against Covid-19. The Red Cross did not fail to accomplish their initial duty of first aid, when they were on duty during heats and sportsmeets over the years.

Recent events

2022

  • Uplift ’22 – Phase 01 of Uplift ‘22 was held on the 31st of August in the college main hall under the theme of humanitarianism. We also dove deep into the work of Ms Nikita Razeen, the Chief Guest for the project who was also a product of our alma mater. The event ended with a session of games for the children that participated.
  • Limitless – Taking a different approach to the issue of health, ‘Limitless’ was initiated to educate people on the importance of sports and physical fitness. The second phase was jointly organised with the Red Cross Society of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia on the 2nd of October. The informative session by our Chief Guest for this programme Mr Ranjeev Kulatunga was followed by a session of games that were organised sports with a twist.
  • Tuckshop Fundraiser – When the savoury canteen of the school wasn’t functioning, a fundraiser was held on the 25th, 27th and 28th of November to provide food for the hildren with sports practices after school and to raise funds for the club.
  • Junior Club Day’22 – An awareness programme conducted under the theme of ‘Body Positivity’ took place on the 8th of December. The Chief Guest, Ms Kadheeja Wahid who was a professional nutritionist was yet another past pupil of Bishop’s College.

2023

  • Senior General Assembly – Held on the 3rd of May under the theme of the different ways of how we can be humanitarians, this assembly was where the Red Cross Society relaunched as the Humanity First Society. The assembly was graced by the presence of Ms Mariam Wadood who was the chief guest, a past pupil of the school.


Upcoming events

  • Limitless ‘22 – Phase 01 – A documentary containing all the star athletes of Sri Lanka and of Bishop’s College was compiled in the year of 2022. The release of the documentary will be done this year.
  • Uplift ‘22 – Phase 02 – An approach to social welfare through donations which was introduced in its second iteration in the year 2022 will be held this year.
  • Uplift ‘23 – The annual community service project for the year will be held later this year.
  • Junior Club Day ‘23 – We hope to conduct our annual club activity day for the students of Middle school which will be taking place later this year.
  • Senior Club Day ‘23 – The annual activity day which was not held physically since 2019 and only held online until the year of 2021 will recommence this year.
  • First Aid workshop – A workshop will be conducted with the presence of a professional in the area of medicine this year. As a first aid workshop has not been conducted since 2017, we hope to conduct this year’s workshop bigger than ever.
Teachers In Charge and Office Bearers
President

Selina Jayatilake

Vice President

Chenuli Ariyadasa

Secretary

Nabeela Jabir

Treasurer

Amra Iflal

Teacher’s In Charge

Ms. Koshala Ellegedara
Ms. Dulcie Marshal
Ms. Gimhani Wickramasinghe
Ms. Shanika Wickramarathne