I’m writing to you at the end of what has been a very long, and very difficult year for many people. On a global level the world has faced challenges the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetime.
On a more local level there are been challenges too, and as a country we have had to deal with the unprecedented problems arising from Covid-19. However, through rising infection rates and increasing restrictions, the Irish Red Cross has been there for communities all across Ireland.
Your dedication and perseverance through these trying times has been an inspiration. When older people were cocooning, you were there to deliver their medication and bring them their groceries. When people needed help getting to their hospital appointments, it was often the Irish Red Cross they turned to and, during a time of worry for so many, the Red Cross emblem was once again a beacon of hope. The efforts of our inmate volunteers also contributed to keeping Irish prisons Covid-19 free for six months, which is a remarkable feat.
During his Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the Humanitarian Awards, Dr. Mike Ryan of the WHO heaped praise on Irish Red Cross volunteers for the part you played in Ireland’s effective response to the global pandemic and I would like to echo his sentiments but also to add my sincere thanks. So thank you to each and every one of you for the extraordinary efforts you have made in the last year, I hope 2021 is a more peaceful one for everybody.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
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