Senator and singer Frances Black today opened nominations for the 2017 Irish Red Cross Volunteer Awards in Dublin with Chairman of the charity Pat Carey and Chairman of Volunteer Support and Development Working Group Ted Noonan. The annual awards shine a light on the humanitarian work of more than 4,000 Irish Red Cross volunteers around the country.
There are eight categories of awards reflecting the variety of humanitarian services fulfilled by Irish Red Cross volunteers, including a Youth Achievement award and Health and Social Care award. Speaking at the Merrion Square office of the Irish Red Cross, Senator Black, spoke of the value of volunteers in Ireland, “Whether they are saving lives, supporting mental health services, addiction, homelessness or helping migrants and refugees, volunteers play an irreplaceable role in Irish society.”
Irish Red Cross volunteers gave 162,677 hours of humanitarian service throughout Ireland in 2015. During the storms at the beginning of this year, Red Cross volunteers were on the ground evacuating people from their homes, treating injuries and helping with the clean-up of flood waters. Throughout the year, the Irish Red Cross is involved in a wide range of humanitarian services, including lake and mountain search and rescue, therapeutic hand care, Youth empowerment and first aid training. “I’m honoured to help bring awareness to volunteer work in Ireland. Volunteers are a vital component in the very fabric of our rural and urban communities”, added Senator Black.
Winners of the Irish Red Cross Volunteer Awards will be announced on May 6th 2017 at a ceremony in McKee Barracks, Dublin. Irish Red Cross Chairman Pat Carey echoed the Senator’s remarks, stating, “It is my belief that without volunteers, like those of the Red Cross, society would fail. Community health would suffer and the vulnerable people would remain isolated. I urge everyone to please take a minute or two today to nominate a Red Cross volunteer”. Nominations for the National Irish Red Cross awards can be made by members of the public by post or online at www.redcross.ie/volunteer.
The Irish Red Cross is a registered Irish charity (CHY3950) working in Ireland and overseas to alleviate suffering and strengthen community resilience.
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