Posthumous award for rising star


Chloe Burke, a rising star of Irish Red Cross was posthumously named the Cork volunteer of the Year 2015 at a ceremony in Ballincollig recently.

Irish Red Cross's four honorary officers were in attendance to see the presentation of the award which is co-ordinated by the Cork City Branch and in memory of the late James O’Loughlin.

Chloe, from the Clonakilty Branch sadly passed away suddenly in April of this year at the age of 26.

Chloe was nominated by her Branch for her outstanding commitment to the Irish Red Cross since the age of 11, when she joined as a youth member.

At the 2015 AGM, Chloe was elected to Community Services Officer and was making great strides in her work engaging with the community and being an active unit member.

The James O’Loughlin award was presented by the Cork South West Area Director of Units John Joe Lyons.

“Chloe was a very active unit member in Clonakilty and gave up her time regularly to be part of a crew on the Clonakilty Ambulance. Chloe was a competent and professional Emergency First Responder and was aspiring to become an Emergency Medical Technician in the coming year, she is very sadly missed by her Red Cross colleagues” John Joe said.

Clonakilty Chairman Padraig O’Reilly accepted the award on behalf of Chloe’s family.

“Chloe was the centre of our branch in Clonakilty always at the fore to help in anyway she possibly could. The one thing that stands out for me about Chloe is that I thought I knew most of what I could know about this bright young lady. However I never exactly knew of the amount voluntary work Chloe actually was involved in until after her passing.

“But this was a true reflection of just how Chloe went about her work, without looking for any praise, she was the pioneer of the meaning of a volunteer,” Padraig said.