·        Like this National Collection, all the results and progress to be achieved in the country depend on everyone, and are in our hands, he said.

·        A small action like a donation, no matter what size, has a great impact that helps save lives, he said.

Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto led the start of the annual Mexican Red Cross Collection, which reminds us that the unity of Mexicans around shared objectives or goals, is essential for writing a better future for all and, “Reminds us that it is through individual efforts that major national successes are achieved.”

He said that it is through everyone’s effort, work and commitment that we are transforming Mexico. ”Our country depends on us, our actions, what we do in our daily lives, the effort we put into work, study and the family. Like this National Collection, all the results and progress to be achieved in the country depend on everyone, and are in our hands, he said.

The president stressed that, “Today, what we should take away from this event is that a small action, such as making a donation, whatever its size, has a great impact” that helps save lives.

He explained that the Red Cross is a clear example of how it is possible to mobilize society in favor of health and accident prevention. Now, he added, “The time has come again for all Mexicans to mobilize on behalf of the Red Cross.”

He said that it is time to give it back a little of all that the Red Cross gives society. “It’s time to support those who support us. This year, the goal is to collect more than 350 million pesos; which I am sure we will be able to achieve together,” he stated.

President Peña Nieto recalled that the Red Cross forms the country’s largest humanitarian network. He said that, “In Mexico, it is estimated that in 2015, over 5.9 million medical services were provided. It seems like just another figure, but if we try to put it into perspective, that means almost 6 million medical services during the year, and over 1.4 million emergency services through its ambulances.”

He noted that last year, the Red Cross was ready, “To help Mexicans cope with the threat of Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful one in history. It dealt with the effects of the tornado in Ciudad Acuña, and of the drastic winter season that affected several regions in the country.”

He thanked the Red Cross volunteers, “For the enormous support they have given the population during the tours and massive events in which His Holiness Pope Francis recently took part in our country.”

The president thanked all the personnel who collaborate with the Mexican Red Cross, who “Help make our country a better nation.”

“As president of Mexico, I would like to thank this worthy institution, the Red Cross, and its volunteers, on behalf of the many people who have benefited, and been attended through its timely intervention.”

The president also expressed his thanks for the agreement signed between the Red Cross, the Ministry of Education and the National Union of Education Workers to provide teachers with first aid training, which will enable them to assist students in the event of an emergency.

At the event, held at the National Museum of Anthropology, President Peña Nieto handed over the keys of the ambulances to the Mexican Red Cross, together with a specialized urban rescue unit.

National President of the Mexican Red Cross Volunteers Carmen Lebrija of Suinaga, received the president’s donation, which formally initiated this institution’s Annual Collection 2016.

TODAY THERE ARE NO COLORS OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION OR BORDERS. QUITE SIMPLY, THIS IS A CALL TO WORK TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF THE RED CROSS: MIGUEL ÁNGEL MANCERA

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa said that today, the Mexican Red Cross, “Is calling for solidarity. Today there are no colors nor political affiliation nor borders. Quite simply, this is a call to work together on behalf of the Red Cross. And I think Mexico has shown that it always responds.”

He confirmed the pledge, “With the president’s qualified testimonial, to raise at least 15 million pesos in Mexico City in this collection,” which he described as historic because it will be the first one after the political reform that gave the capital its new name.

"Today, it is worth making an effort, it is worth it for governments, businesses and society itself to confirm their solidarity with the Mexican Red Cross,” he said.

PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN CIVIL SOCIETY AND FEDERAL, STATE AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT SAVE LIVES AND PREVENT THE SUFFERING OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE: FERNANDO SUINAGA

National President of the Mexican Red Cross Fernando Suinaga Cárdenas acknowledged the president’s commitment to this institution and Mexicans, and thanked him for the contribution he provides every year to the National Collection and other support tasks.

He also thanked Angélica Rivera de Peña, Honorary President of the Mexican Red Cross, because, “Through her dedication and enthusiasm, last year we surpassed the goal of our National Collection of 345 million pesos, achieving over 347 million.”

“We are convinced,” he said, “that partnerships between civil society and federal, state and municipal government save lives and prevent the suffering of millions of people. This happened at the end of October 2015, during the presence of Hurricane Patricia, considered the most powerful one in recent years, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.”

He said that prevention measures were crucial to reducing risks and preventing major damage, due to the able leadership of President Enrique Peña Nieto, through the Ministry of the Interior, Civil Protection, the Ministry of Health, National Defense and the Navy, among other federal and state agencies.

“Mr. President, we hail your leadership in making decisions in situations of this magnitude, which are not easy; hence the importance of your humanitarian vision for the benefit of Mexican society.”

THE RED CROSS HAS A GREAT ALLIANCE WITH MEXICANS: ESTEBAN MOCTEZUMA

Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, President of Azteca Foundation, said that as a result of the great alliance between the Red Cross and Mexicans, in August of last year, through the Aztec Movement campaign, funds were raised that permitted the acquisition of 80 ambulances, which were delivered today at the start of the 2016 National Collection.

He told President Enrique Peña Nieto:  “Mr. President, you achieved the structural reforms precisely through an alliance. And today we see in this great event, the great alliance between the Red Cross and Mexicans.”

He said that every August, from almost a decade, the Aztec Movement has organized a campaign to raise funds allocated for the purchase of ambulances that are donated to the Mexican Red Cross. To date, he added, “We have been able to deliver 1,240 ambulances to the Red Cross. That is easily said, but it is equivalent to donating one ambulance every day for three years and four months.

He announced that the 10th Aztec Movement will be celebrated on August 25th of this year.