The Irish Red Cross is proud to launch its first ever National Volunteer of the Year awards.
There are eight categories of awards, including the overall Irish Red Cross Volunteer of the year and Young Irish Red Cross Volunteer of the Year. The awards offer a unique opportunity to acknowledge the work being done by Irish Red Cross volunteers in local communities around the Ireland.
Liam O’Dwyer, Irish Red Cross Secretary General, praised the charity’s volunteers, “These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the good of others. They deserve recognition for their selflessness and compassion.” The Irish Red Cross boasts a network of 5,000 volunteers in Ireland. All of whom give up their free time willingly to contribute to the humanitarian services and programmes of the charity.
Volunteers in Ireland provide a range of services from first aid support and training to therapeutic hand care and skin camouflage, search and rescue teams to emergency response and support as an auxiliary to the State. Irish Red Cross volunteers recently responded to flooding and damage caused by Storm Desmond. Evacuating residents and helping those whose homes were damaged. Irish Red Cross volunteers also play a role in the policy development for International Law and Gender based Violence.
Nomination forms are available on the Irish Red Cross website www.redcross.ie/volunteer and should be returned to the Irish Red Cross Head Office, at 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross Movement #RCvolunteerawards