President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Mrs Sabina Higgins last week hosted a reception for the Irish Red Cross at Áras an Uachtaráin at which the President presented the Perpetual Trophy to the Societys top first aiders.
The President spoke of the work that Irish Red Cross volunteers undertake "in challenging circumstances" and praised the charity for "developing innovative ways of engaging communities in learning first aid".
The Perpetual Trophy is the highest award given to the winners of the President’s First Aid Competition, the National First Aid Competition of the Irish Red Cross. The annual competition presents Irish Red Cross first aid teams with typical first aid scenarios likely to be encountered in domestic and workplace situations. Winners of the award then go on to represent Ireland at a European level at FACE (the First Aid Convention Europe).
The winning teams presented with the Perpetual Trophy were:The overall winning team for 2015 was Louth. The winning team for 2014 was Dublin Borough.
In his speech to the assembled volunteers and staff, President Higgins also spoke of the Irish Red Cross Register of Pledges for Migrants, saying, "Those pledges are testament of the generosity of our nation".