To mark International Volunteer Day (December 5th) and the 75th anniversary of the Irish Red Cross, 841 volunteers were awarded for their selfless dedication to helping others this weekend.
In four regional ceremonies, Irish Red Cross volunteers from all over Ireland were awarded for a combined service of more than 16,900 years. The highest length of service was a 70 year long service award which went to Desmond Booth from Navan.
Ireland boasts a network of more than 5,000 ordinary people who happily volunteer their time for others. People who care about people, people who step up during your time of need. School teachers, lorry drivers, administrators, parents, students; ordinary people making a difference as part of the Irish Red Cross. Today, Irish Red Cross volunteers provide emergency response services, search and rescue operations on lakes and mountains, first aid training courses and community services such as skin camouflage and therapeutic hand care.
International Volunteer Day is a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5th to shine a light on the positive impact of volunteer efforts around the world.