President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Mrs Sabina Higgins yesterday hosted a reception for the Irish Red Cross at Áras an Uachtaráin at which the President presented the Perpetual Trophy to the Society’s top first aiders.
The President spoke of his experiences and knowledge of the Red Cross and of the “valuable and crucial contribution” that the Irish Red Cross makes both in Ireland and through the international network, remarking that “the Red Cross has entered the fabric of our Society.”
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).
In closing, President Higgins thanked the volunteers present at the Aras for their “commitment to society” and asked them to “Pass on his thanks to the thousands of other Irish Red Cross volunteers around the country.”
The winning teams presented with the Perpetual Trophy were:
The overall winning team for 2010 was Limerick
The winning team for 2011 was Cork
The winning team for 2012 was Louth
The winning team for 2013 was Wicklow