Members of the Tralee Branch of the Irish Red Cross have collectively completed 4,300 volunteer hours to date in 2019 and this was just one achievement highlighted at the Volunteer Ireland Awards on Friday 6 December where the Branch was named winners in the “Outstanding Group” category.
33 active members in the Tralee Branch carry out ambulance duty at over 140 events every year and without these Red Cross members giving hours of their time voluntarily, many local events wouldn’t take place unless medical cover was in place. These volunteers train people consistently in first aid, making their communities safer and empowering people with the skills they need at the worst of times. They’ve trained people in CPR, one of the most fundamental parts of keeping someone alive.
There are also ten novices aged 16-18 who take part in duties, with older members acting as mentors to them to help them find their feet in the group.
The Tralee Branch has been on active standby for all major weather alerts, the most recent being Strom Lorenzo.
The Tralee Red Cross volunteers are also responsible for many initiatives in the community. Highlights of the year include the annual Christmas party for people in the community, the annual Christmas hospital visit to those who are sick, bringing ambulances to schools to promote the work of the Irish Red Cross, family days, road safety awareness campaigns and mental health programmes.
Congratulations to all involved in the Tralee Branch
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