OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The Red Cross Society of Pakistans Punjab chapter on Monday held a ceremony in connection with the International Red Crescent Day and the Thalassemia Day at its regional office here. Vice Chairman Fareeduddin Ahmad was the chief guest. Addressing the participants, Ahmad said Rs 2.2 million would be spent on the provision of free treatment to the child patients of Thalassemia in 2011. He urged the volunteers to make sizable contributions to support the downtrodden, especially the kids confronted by challenges linked to such adversities as natural disasters and diseases. Dr Shaukat Ali in his address said, The concept of serving the deprived people was set by our Holy Prophet (PBUH) fourteen hundred years ago. He also maintained that a special youth force comprising some 5000 individuals would also be formulated to work voluntarily in case of natural disasters like earthquake and flood etc. The youth would be properly trained to deal with the catastrophes, he added.